Sealants are thin coatings applied to the teeth to protect them from stains and tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by many factors including bacteria in the mouth and plaque around the teeth at and under the gum line. Sealants form a barrier which prevents bacteria and plaque from reaching the teeth protecting them from decay and damage. Sealants also help protect your teeth from stains from food and beverages. At Chelkowski Dentistry we recommend sealants for both children and adults to protect the teeth. They are a simple and painless way to help ensure your oral health.
How are Sealants Applied?
The application of sealants is very quick and easy. First the doctor or hygienist cleans and dries your teeth. Next cotton is placed around the teeth and a solution is applied which preps the teeth to receive the sealant. This solution gently etches the surface of the teeth so that the sealant can grab onto it and bond with it. The solution is then rinsed off the teeth, the cotton is removed, the teeth are dried, and the sealant is then applied to the teeth. The sealant goes on as a gel, foam, or brushed on as a liquid. It quickly dries and then your teeth are protected from decay and staining. The entire process is quick and painless and can be done in just a few minutes.
Benefits of Sealants
Sealants help protect your teeth from tooth decay. The sealant forms a barrier which prevents bacteria plaque from damaging the tooth and causing cavities and decay. Sealants also help protect your teeth from staining caused by coffee, tea, red wine and other foods and beverages. Sealants can last many years protecting your teeth and helping you avoid costly fillings and other dental procedures.
Who Should Get Sealants?
Sealants are recommended for all ages. Children and adults can both benefit from the application of a sealant. In children Dr. C recommends the first treatment as soon as baby teeth begin to emerge. Sealant should also be applied between the ages of 5 and 7 when your child’s first permanent molars come in, and between the ages of 11 and 14 the second permanent molars emerge. Teenagers, young adults, and older adults can all benefit from the protection from tooth decay sealants offer. If you have teeth with pits or grooves, the doctor may also recommend sealants for an extra hedge of protection.
Call or contact Chelkowski Dentistry today and ask about dental sealants. Sealants are a quick and painless way to protect your teeth and the teeth of your family from decay and staining. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about sealants, and we look forward to hearing from you very soon.