Dental Sealants

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Why You Need To Get Dental Sealants Applied As Soon As Possible

Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, school age children without dental sealants have nearly three times more cavities than children with sealants?

Dental sealants or tooth sealants are thin plastic coats that are applied to the back teeth’s chewing surface in the mouth used for chewing, called the permanent molars and premolars. We have always been advised to brush and floss to keep our teeth clean and healthy. However, sometimes that’s not enough to fight against cavities.

In fact, our drinking water contains fluoride, an antimicrobial agent to work against those nasty bacteria in our mouth causing tooth decay but exposure to fluoride isn’t entirely sufficient either. Tooth sealants are very effective against cavities, you teeth’s number one enemy.

Let’s take a look at what cavities and how tooth sealants work against them

The food that we consume can sometimes get trapped in the grooves and pits of our teeth and we may not be able to reach them without proper teeth brushing. These food particles are a great opportunity for the opportunistic cavity causing bacteria found in everyone’s mouth to proliferate and produce acids that damage the enamel (outer most layer of the teeth) and makes holes into the teeth creating cavities.

It’s even harder to reach food particles that get stuck in these holes. Your children love their candy and you can’t totally prevent that nor should you, but you can manage their teeth’s health to comply with their diet. Dental sealants act as raincoats for your teeth and protect them from acid producing decay bacteria by sealing the cavities and teeth surface.

Who can get tooth sealants in Charlotte

The children and young adults of Charlotte typically aging 6 – 16 can protect their teeth from rot and decay in the long run by having dental sealants applied. It’s not just children that can benefit from this effective preventative measure, adults can also reap the benefits of dental sealants when they are at risk for caries on deep grooves and fissures that aren’t already coated with tooth sealants.

Here’s how dental sealants are applied

We will start by thoroughly cleaning your teeth surface with specialized paste through a rotating brush. After the tooth is thoroughly washed and dried, a solution acidic solution is applied on the fissured region of the chewing tooth’s surface for a short while after which it is rinsed off creating a fine rough surface area that allows the dental sealant to adhere to the tooth effectively. After drying the tooth again, the liquid tooth sealant is carefully placed on to the targeted zone on the tooth where it attaches.

After application, a light is used to dry and harden the sealant. There are some dental sealants that can be used in combination and harden without the light. After the hardening, the dental sealant becomes a protective plastic varnish coating that will protect your and your children’s teeth from decay.

You don’t have to worry about redoing the sealant anytime soon either because dental sealants last several years!

To protect your and your children’s teeth from tooth decay in the future and prevent hefty dental expenses in future, set an appointment for dental sealants now so you can eat and drink worry free.

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