Sealing Out Tooth Decay

How Are Sealants Put On?

There is a couple of steps your dentist or dental hygienist will take in order to place sealants on your child’s teeth.

  1. The tooth is cleaned.
  2. The tooth is dried, and cotton is placed around the tooth so it stays dry.
  3. A solution is placed on tooth to make the surface a little rough, by doing this the sealant will stick to the tooth if it has a slightly rough surface.
  4. The tooth is rinsed and dried, and then new cotton is placed around the tooth so it stays dry.
  5. The sealant is applied in liquid form and will begin hardening in a few seconds.
  6. The sealant is officially placed.

Why Do I Need Sealants?

The most important reason for receiving sealants is to avoid tooth decay. Fluoride in toothpaste and in drinking water protects the smooth surfaces of teeth, but back teeth may need extra protection. Sealants cover the chewing surfaces of the back teeth and keep out germs and food. Having sealants put on teeth before they decay will also save time and money in the long run by avoiding fillings, crowns, or caps used to fix tooth decay. Feel like you can’t afford it? Some dental insurances do cover sealants, it’s always best to check with your dental insurance to ensure it’s covered.

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