How Do Sealants Work?
By Eby Dental Care
January 26, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sealants  

Protecting your child’s teeth at a young age is an important task to accomplish for parents. With the help of your Okemos dentist Dr. Eric sealantEby from Eby Dental Care, that can be achieved. Sealants help to protect cavities from occurring in your child’s mouth, especially in the back teeth.

What is a Sealant?

New permanent teeth are not as resistant to decay as adult teeth can be. The hard enamel coating that protects the teeth changes as we age and becomes stronger. Fluoride, found in toothpaste, strengthens enamel. However, this strength comes with time, meaning that young children are more susceptible to tooth decay almost immediately after getting their permanent teeth.

Thankfully dental sealants are invisible plastic resin coatings that can smooth out chewing surfaces on the back teeth (and all over) to make them more resistant to decay. A sealed tooth is less likely to develop a cavity and requires expensive dental treatment later in life.

How Sealants are Applied

Your Okemos dentist applies this sealant like a mini plastic filling. Because there are no nerves in tooth enamel, your child will not feel any pain. The tooth or teeth that will be sealed are looked at before the procedure begins. If minimal decay is found, it is removed gently. Next, the tooth is cleaned and dried. A solution that roughens the surface is applied next making it easier for the sealant to adhere to the teeth. The sealant is painted on the tooth in liquid form and hardens in just one minute. Sometimes a cured light is used to speed up the process.

How your Okemos Dentist Can Help Your Child’s Teeth

Dr. Eric Eby of Eby Dental Care is well versed in all issues concerning dental care. To schedule a comprehensive dental exam for yourself or your child, and to discuss the befits of sealants, call 517-349-9860 today.