At Hibiscus Dental, we offer dental sealants to protect teeth from decay.
Our dentists at Hibiscus Dental encourage brushing and flossing as the best ways to help prevent cavities. It can be harder for children to get their teeth completely clean – especially molars in the back of their small mouths. Molars are rough, uneven surfaces: an easy place for leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria to hide.
At Hibiscus Dental, we offer dental sealants to protect the teeth from decay. Sealants are a thin, plastic coating that is painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent tooth decay. The painted on liquid dental sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and groves of the teeth forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. When the cavity-causing bacteria that live in everyone’s mouth meet leftover food particles, they produce acids that can create cavities in teeth. After a sealant has been applied it keeps those bits of food out and stops bacteria and acid from settling on your teeth.
Children are great candidates for dental sealants as they often don’t brush their teeth as well or as often as adults do. Kids should get dental sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in. Dental sealants are most often used to protect the teeth through the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14. However, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.
Applying the sealant to the teeth is a quick and painless procedure. Our dentists will clean and dry your teeth completely before placing a gel on your the surface of your teeth to form a strong bond between your tooth and the sealant. After a few seconds, your dentist will rinse off the gel and dry your tooth once again before applying the sealant onto the grooves of your tooth. Your dentist will then use a special blue light to harden the sealant. Because most sealants are clear, your dentist will still keep an eye on the sealed teeth to make sure the sealant is in good shape and still doing its job.
While sealed teeth are protected, please remember that dental sealants are temporary. Brushing and flossing are just as important for sealed teeth. The habits we create in our daily dental care affect our dental health and even our heart health. For a life-long healthy smile, there’s no beating brushing and flossing. For a little extra help in cavity prevention along the way, dental sealants are a great choice!
To find out more about dental sealants, give us a call at your favorite office location, or ask our dentists and hygienists at your Hibiscus Dental appointment. New and existing patients can now make appointments online: Request An Appointment
You can also read more about dental sealants here: www.mouthhealthy.org