Horray for Sealants

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas; followed by New Year’s and seemingly seamlessly flowing into Valentine’s:  Starting late fall through early spring there seems no end to the chocolate, candy, cookies and every type of sweet imaginable. How to protect our children and teenagers growing teeth from untimely decay? Of course we tell them to brush and floss, and generally not eat too many sweets. But what else is there?

Here is another dentist approved way to protect teeth, and invest in a healthy dental future: dental sealants.

Sealants are applied to chewing surfaces of premolars and molars between six and fourteen years of age as a protective covering, and can prevent between 60% to 80% tooth decay. The beauty: not only are they invisible and act as amazing protection, but applying sealants is painless and non-scary.

Here is how it works:

First, your dentist or dental hygienist will clean the teeth thoroughly.

They are then dried, and the surface is slightly roughened to make sure the sealants bond properly with the surface of the tooth.

The sealant (a thin plastic like coat) is applied much like paint, where it hardens under a curing light. Now the grooves and cracks most susceptible to harboring bacteria are protected.

Sealants can last up to ten years or longer, and keep the teeth we most need for chewing healthy and well-functioning. However, biting on hard candy, ice cubes and the like may crack the coat and they may have to be re-applied. Your friendly family dentist will make sure to check at each visit if all sealants are intact, and apply new ones where needed.

Sealants can also be used for baby teeth under certain circumstances, or adult teeth when the patient is prone to tooth decay. Please confer with your dentist if you have any questions.

Since they are such a great pro-active treatment, many insurance carriers include sealants in their plan. Don’t miss out on one of the best preventative dental treatment available.

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Dr. Mead is an educator in the dental field, as well as an experienced family dentist with his practice located in Purcell, Oklahoma.
To schedule an appointment or to ask questions, please call:
405.527.6568

 

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