A dental sealant is put on the back teeth in your mouth where you chew. The sealant is a thin plastic painted coat that we can do right here in our dental office. This is a simple pain free service that we provide. Even though it is plastic, when applied it is a liquid. As the liquid dries, it hardens and works as a shield to protect the tooth from decay.
These are the steps that we take to put on a sealant:
- Clean the tooth
- Thoroughly dry tooth and surround the tooth with cotton to ensure there is no moisture on the tooth.
- Apply a solution to the tooth that creates a rough surface for the sealant to stick to.
- Rinse tooth and apply new, dry cotton to keep moisture away
- Paint liquid sealant on the chewing part of the tooth
- Let dry for a few seconds
- Sealant is places
Should I get Sealants Placed on my Children
It is important to get sealants placed, especially in growing children in order to prevent tooth decay from happening. In our toothpaste that we use and drinking water that we consumer, there is fluoride that help protect our teeth. Because of the exposure to food and chewing our back teeth get, they need extra protection and the fluoride is not sufficient enough.
Getting sealants placed on back teeth before any decay takes place will help you in the long run. The sealants will help you save money because you want have to get any fillings are crowns placed.
What is a Good Age to get Sealants on Teeth
You may wonder when sealants should be placed. We recommend that as soon as your children’s permanent molars come in that they should have sealants placed. For reference, it is good to know that first permanent molars come in between the ages of 5-7 years old. The second molars come between the ages of 11-14 years of age
If you or your teenager, are prone to decay, talk to your dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for tooth sealant.