The "Seal" of Approval

Looking to keep your kids teeth healthy and cavity free? Check with your dentist about placing Sealants on your child’s teeth. Teeth are made of peaks and valleys. The “valley” of the tooth can collect food and bacteria that can develop into a cavity if not cleaned thoroughly. A sealant is a clear or white material placed in the “valley” of the tooth to prevent food and bacteria from sticking to the area. Placing a sealant on a tooth is simple and pain free! Here is how a sealant is placed:

  1. The tooth is isolated from surrounding saliva and moisture.

  2. The tooth is cleaned or “etched” to allow the sealant to bond to the tooth.

  3. The area is then rinsed and dried.

  4. The sealant material is flowed into the grooves of the tooth.

  1. A bright blue light is used to harden the sealant.

After a sealant is placed, it creates a barrier on the tooth in order to block off food and bacteria from attaching to the tooth surface. Sealants aren’t just for kids either, they can be placed on adults as well to stop cavities from forming!

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