Helpful Information About Dental Sealants

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Brushing and flossing daily is imperative for gaining and upholding ideal oral health. However, even with proper brushing and flossing, it can be difficult to remove all of the plaque and food particles from the crevices of the back teeth. That’s where dental sealants come in! Dental sealant is a thin coating of resin that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Sealants prevent tooth decay by sealing out plaque and food particles.

Who Can Get Dental Sealants?
Children and adults can both benefit from dental sealants. The earlier dental sealants are placed, the better. The first molars grow in around age 6 and the second molars come in around age 12. Have your child’s molars sealed in as soon as they grow in to help keep them cavity free. This can save money in the long run.

How Long Will Dental Sealants Last?
Dental sealants can protect your teeth or your child’s teeth for up to 10 years. They need to be examined for chips and wear at your regular dental check-ups. When needed, Dr. Valerie Foster can replace dental sealants.

How Are They Applied?
Our dentist will first thoroughly clean your teeth. The teeth are then dried and cotton is placed around them to keep them dry. Our dentist will place an acid solution on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to roughen them. This helps the sealant bond to the teeth. At this point, the teeth are rinsed and dried again. Finally, the sealant is painted onto each tooth, where it bonds and hardens to the tooth. A special curing light may be used to help the sealant harden.

We invite you to contact our office at 503-649-7011 today to learn more about dental sealants in Aloha, Oregon, and to schedule your next visit.