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Sealants

Tooth decay seems to thrive in the mouth of young children. To avoid as many cavities as possible, sealants can be used with brushing, flossing and dentist visits to create a comprehensive preventative care program. Sealants bolster the teeth’s natural defenses to shield the enamel from erosion. Here in our Columbus office, we praise the work of sealants.

Basic Functions

Sealant has become a staple of pediatric dentistry. They are primarily utilized on back, molar teeth, though it is possible to coat other areas. These teeth are the most difficult to clean with an everyday toothbrush because of the irregular grooves and deep indentations throughout the surface. Due to this, four of five instances of tooth decay are found in molars. Sealant acts as a barrier between tooth enamel and the food particles attempting to invade the surface. While it does not firsthand impact the strength of the teeth, it does make it harder for bacteria to cause cavities. Sealants are more affordable, comfortable and pleasing to the eye than general fillings.

Application

Although there can be some variation, sealants are typically constructed from liquid plastic. To administer, the dentist must first clean the specify molars and then paint them with the sealant. Often, the sealant is bright pink upon application and then dries clear. This color change allows dentists to be thorough and efficient. The sealant then either self-hardens or is exposed to a blue spectrum natural light for a few seconds. The hardened result is a thin, durable layer of protection. The sealant process is painless and completed in just one dentist appointment.

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