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Preserving Happy Smiles with Dental Sealants

Many children imagine that they have a secret power. Superheroes may be able to fly or run about under a cloak of invisibility, but children, their unique ability is their smile. Did you know that most children smile about 400 times a day? Think about how many times you smile. According to studies, we adults do so only about 40 times a day. Not just because they smile more, but because their smiles are precious, children deserve care that preserves their smiles. Dental sealants are one way we can do this.

What Are Dental Sealants?

There are several ways that we use sealants today. We seal pipes and plumbing with caulking and special tape. Granite is sealed with special liquids. We could even describe car wax as a type of sealant to prevent water from beading and creating spots on the paint. Dental sealants are intended for a similar purpose: to protect a surface. Where dental sealants are concerned, though, we’re talking about preventing cavities, not spots.

Dental sealants are an excellent way to protect premolars and molars from tooth decay. These teeth are particularly susceptible to damage because they have deep grooves on chewing surfaces. Studies indicate that, when these grooves are sealed with appropriate material, there is an 80 percent less chance for tooth decay on treated teeth.

Painless Treatment, Big Rewards

Parents are willing to go the extra mile for their children to keep them healthy, happy, and comfortable. Dental sealant treatment is a painless process that provides up to five years of protection against tooth decay on treated surfaces. The steps to this procedure include:

  • Standard dental cleaning and polishing in the dental office
  • Isolating and drying each tooth
  • Minor, painless etching to ensure complete attachment of sealant to enamel
  • Application of liquid sealant material
  • Curing liquid by directing light on the treated tooth surface
  • Evaluation of the tooth to confirm a proper “seal.”

Protect Your Child’s Smile with Dental Sealants

In our New Jersey office, we see children as quickly as possible to reduce any stress related to seeing the dentist. Our methods of care are gentle and friendly, so children learn that their dentist is an ally, not someone to fear. We focus on prevention and conservative treatment as much as we can so children can enjoy optimal oral health with less intervention.

Learn more about dental sealants, contact Morris County Dental Associates at 973-328-1225.

Dental Sealants: Armor for Your Teeth 

When knights in days of yore went off to battle, they were never without their chain mail and armor to protect them. It took a long time and a lot of help for them to get in and out of it (that’s why they had pages), but it was worth it. After all, why would you go into battle without a helmet, sword, and shield? It is just way too risky.

It is the same with your teeth. Although they are not wielding swords, they are chomping down on food, and without proper protection, they can end up perishing in the battle. Luckily, your teeth don’t have to die from the fight against decay. You have a trained dentist as your page, and he or she can help protect your teeth with the armor of dental sealants.

What Are Sealants?

A sealant is a plastic resin that is painted onto your tooth. Most often placed on back molars, this plastic sinks into and covers deep grooves and pockets in your teeth that are impossible to reach with regular toothbrush bristles. Those Oreo crumbs that are usually so difficult to get out of your teeth? Those won’t be a problem with sealants. The plastic acts as a barrier that protects your tooth enamel from plaque, acid, and other food particles.

When used in conjunction with other proper dental hygiene, such as brushing, flossing, and a healthy diet, sealants can be 100% effective. Did you hear that? Absolutely no cavities!

How Long Do They Last?

A knight’s armor wasn’t very comfortable and he took it off after the long battle. However, your battle with plaque never stops, and so it’s important that sealants are natural and long-lasting. Sealants can last up to 10 years. And in the rare case that a replacement is needed sooner, your dentist will check them at each dentist appointment. If something has gone wrong, he or she will easily and quickly replace it.

Will I Need to Open Up the Castle Treasury?

For something that is so effective and lasts so long, sealants don’t break the bank. This precautionary method won’t require you to pull out all your jewels and gold, even though that’s what a knight’s armor would cost. Instead, sealants cost less than getting a cavity filled. In addition, because it is medical and not cosmetic, they are sometimes covered by insurance!

Talk to your dentist about how to protect your or your child’s teeth with dental sealants.