The Purpose of Sealant
Dental sealant is an excellent tool to keep your teeth happy and healthy. This is the purpose of it and how it is applied to your teeth!
Dental sealant is a thin coating that is placed on teeth to help prevent cavities for years to come. Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that begin to develop tiny holes or openings, also known as tooth decay. The causes of cavities stem from frequent snacking, sugary food and drinks, not cleaning your teeth well enough, and bacteria present in your mouth. This is where dental sealant comes into play!
Treatment of cavities comes in two forms; either dental sealant or filling the cavity. Sealing the cavity is known for being an easier and less painful treatment option for cavities. This protects teeth without cavities as well. The popular option parents choose is to apply a sealant to their child’s back molars. Children often suffer from cavities, and it can prevent that. Dental sealant can be applied to a child’s teeth after the permanent molars grow in, which is typically between six and 12. According to the CDC, the sealant should work up to nine years after replacement. However, they can fall off and when they do, they should be checked at a regular dental appointment. This way the dentist can check on it and replace it if necessary.
Here is the simple application process:
- Etching solution applied
- Tooth cleaned and dried
- Sealant applied
- Dries using either a light or air
Once it dries, you can go! The process is quick, easy, and painless!
If you would like to learn more about this and how it could help you or your child, contact South Holston Dental Designs. At South Holston Dental, we provide a variety of services including cavity fillings, general dentistry practices, cosmetic dentistry, and so much more. To schedule an appointment with one of our amazing dentists, contact us online here or call us at (276) 466-9800 today!