Sealant 101 For Parents

Besides brushing and flossing your teeth, dental sealants are an effective way of preventing kids and adults from getting cavities.

Sealants Protect Your Teeth

Sealants form a physical barrier on the tooth surface which prevents cavity-causing bacteria from settling in the crevices of the tooth and eroding the enamel. Various studies have touted the benefits of the procedure, with CDC reporting that dental sealants prevent 80 percent of cavities.

What They Are, Who Benefits

A dental sealant is a thin plastic film that is applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent cavities. Both children and adults benefit from sealants, but the earlier you do it, the better. Children for the most don’t have the dexterity to brush their teeth properly and often do it in a rush. It’s important to have them protect the chewing surfaces from cavities by covering them with a protective shield that keeps out food particles and acid-producing bacteria.

What to Expect With Sealants

Dental sealant application is usually painless and quick. Your dentist will first examine and clean your teeth following which an acidic gel is applied to roughen up the teeth surfaces to help the sealant stick to the teeth. Once the sealant is applied, a special curating light is used to harden the material.

Sealants usually last several years before a reapplication is needed. They will, however, need to be monitored and maintained during regular dental visits to ensure they do not wear away.

Get in touch with the knowledgeable team of dentists at Carolina Smiles Dentistry to learn more about sealants for your children or yourself and see how it can be beneficial. Call us at 919-620-6700 to schedule an appointment.

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