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Sealants: Protect Your Children’s Teeth
Posted on 09/11/2015

Sealants: Protect Your Children’s Teeth

Brushing and flossing every day keeps your teeth bright and healthy. However, even with the bestsmiling girl dental hygiene habits, we can still be vulnerable to cavities. There are grooves on our teeth that our toothbrushes can’t always reach. These areas are especially vulnerable to tooth decay, and need an extra line of defense to shield them from plaque and bacteria. That is why our Lynwood kid’s dentist recommends the application of dental sealants. 

What Are Sealants?

Dental sealants are plastic shields that prevent tooth decay. They are usually applied to permanent molars, but can also protect baby teeth that are particularly susceptible to decay. Sealants are important because they coat the narrow grooves on your back teeth where tooth decay is most common. 

How Do Sealants Work?

The process of applying sealants is quick and painless. There is no drilling involved, and the patient should not feel any discomfort during the procedure.

First, the tooth is cleaned and conditioned.
Plastic coating is painted on the surface of the tooth. 
The sealant flows into the grooves and depressions of the tooth. 
A blue light is used to bond and harden the sealant to the tooth. 

The hardened sealant lasts 2-4 years, while some can last up to 10 years. As long as the sealant is intact, it will continue to protect the surface of the tooth. Your dentist will be able to monitor your sealants during your regular check ups. 

Can You Use Sealants On All Teeth?

The plastic liquid for sealants is specifically designed to flow into the grooves of your teeth, and cannot stick to the smooth surfaces of the front, back and sides of the teeth. 

Why Should I Get Sealants?

Sealants are extremely cost-effective. They allow you to avoid the costly procedures of treating cavities and tooth decay, after the fact. Dental sealants are painless, easy to reapply, and long lasting. Both children and adults can benefit from sealants. 

Preventing Cavities

While dental sealants do help the health of your teeth, where brushing and flossing may come up short, it is still important to continue good dental habits every day. 

Brush your teeth twice day
Floss once a day
Ask your dentist about fluoride water
Come in for regular dental check-ups, every 6 months
Eat healthy foods

Ask Your Lynwood Pediatric Dentist About Sealants!

As your local Lynnwood dentist, Dr. Clint is dedicated to helping you and your family understand good oral hygiene practices. If you ever have any questions about sealants and preventing tooth decay, get in touch! One of our knowledgeable staff members will be more than happy to assist you.