The pediatric dentists and the staff at Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida are big believers in preventive dental care and one of the best forms of prevention is the use of sealants. Sealants along with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are an excellent way to decrease the chance for tooth decay. Let the doctors at Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida provide a preventive plan for your child today!
What is a sealant?
A sealant is a material that is applied to the teeth where decay occurs most often; the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These teeth have crevices known as pits and fissures that are difficult to keep clean because toothbrush bristles cannot reach into them. The sealant, a plastic coating made of resin, bonds into the pits and fissures and acts as a barrier protecting enamel from plaque and bacteria.
How are sealants applied?
It usually takes only a few minutes to seal each tooth. First, the teeth that will be sealed are cleaned. Second, the chewing surfaces are conditioned to help the sealant stick to the tooth. Third, the sealant is “painted” or bushed onto the tooth enamel where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. Usually, a special curing light is used to help the sealant harden.
How long do sealants last?
Sealants, may last several years before they need to be reapplied. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. During your regular dental visits, your dentist will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary.
Best of all, sealants are not just for children and teenagers. Since the chance of developing decay begins as soon as the teeth erupt and remains throughout our lives, adults also benefit from this preventive procedure.