The best way to protect your smile is to prevent cavities and decay from occurring in the first place. At the office of Magnolia Green Dental Care Dental Care, we have a keen focus on preventive care treatments that are aimed at increasing your teeth’s resistance to decay. One of these treatments is dental sealants. As the name suggests, sealants are meant to seal out decay-causing particles such as bacteria, plaque and food particles from the teeth. Sealants are a thin coat of transparent plastic that is painted on the teeth in liquid form. Though they are mostly used for children when their permanent molars first erupt, sealants are effective in preventing tooth decay and cavities in adult teeth as well.
How do dental sealants work?
The biting surfaces of your molars are irregular. They contain micro indentations that cannot be cleaned by a brush or floss because they are thinner than the bristles of a toothbrush. These places tend to become home to bacteria and food particles. This can lead to cavities. Sealants are used to smooth out the surface of these teeth so that decay can be prevented.
The process of applying dental sealants to the teeth
- In the first step, the teeth are properly cleaned to remove any existing deposits of plaque and bacteria.
- Next, a piece of cotton is placed in around the teeth so that they stay dry during the process of applying sealants.
- An etching gel is applied to the biting surfaces of the teeth to further roughen them up, which allows the sealant to attach easily.
- The sealant material is applied to the teeth and allowed to bond to the chewing surface.
For more information about the advantages offered by dental sealants, contact the office of Magnolia Green Dental Care Dental Care for an appointment. Please call us at (941) 240-2750. Our practice is located at 6975 Professional Pkwy. E., Suite, Sarasota, FL 34240.
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