Pediatric Dentist in Hoffman Estates, IL
Sealants are an effective way of preventing tooth decay and cavities on your molars. Cavities are frequent on molars due to the natural grooves in the teeth. People of all ages can benefit from sealants. It can protect permanent molars in children to help them develop in a healthy manner, and adults can benefit from them in their day to day life.
Sealants are applied easy and fast. The steps for applying them are:
- Thoroughly cleaning the teeth
- Drying the teeth for a time so the solution can bond
- Applying the sealant solution to the chewing surfaces of the teeth
- Curing the solution using a special light
Sealants help protect tooth enamel from plaque and acids from foods and drinks. They can last for years before a reapplication is needed. So long as the sealant remains intact, the surface of the tooth will be protected from decay.
As useful as sealants are, they are not a substitute for brushing your teeth. Proper home care and professional cleanings are necessary for a complete oral care routine. Also, sealants do not protect between the teeth. Continue to floss daily for optimal oral health.
For more information about fluoride, or to request an appointment, contact the team at Once Upon A Smile today.