Have you wondered if dental sealants are right for you or your family? You may even be wondering what is a sealant and why do I need it? At Blackfoot Family Dentistry we believe in keeping your family’s smile the healthiest it can be.
First off, what is a sealant? A sealant is a plastic coating that the dentist typically coats the tooths enamel. The sealant is coated on the premolars or molars of children and teenagers to help prevent cavities during those crucial years. The reason why this is so important for youth is to help keep their spacing for their adult teeth to come in properly. Baby teeth need to stay in place until the adult teeth are ready to help prevent issues from arising. Sealants can be applied to adults but are typical for youth to have.
The steps of applying sealants are:
- First the teeth that are to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned.
- Each tooth is then dried, and cotton or another absorbent material is put around the tooth to keep it dry.
- An acid solution is put on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to roughen them up, which helps the sealant bond to the teeth.
- The teeth are then rinsed and dried.
- Sealant is then painted onto theÂ tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. Sometimes a special curing light is used to help the sealant harden.
Sealants are a great way to protect your smile and help keep cavities out of those hard to reach places. Although sealants are a great addition to your dental health they must be accompanied with good dental habits. With a comprehensive dental care routine you can keep a healthy smile.
If your children haven’t had a sealant applied ask Dr. Baldwin about it at your next appointment. He can answer any questions you may have about having a sealant applied. Call us today to schedule your next dentist appointment.