Teeth Sealants In Glendale, AZ

A dental sealant is a thin, protective coating that is painted on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to prevent tooth decay. Sealant is typically used on the back teeth (the premolars and molars). Sealants bond into the grooves of the teeth and form a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.

Brushing and flossing can remove a lot of plaque and food particles from the smooth part of the tooth, it is harder to remove debris from the grooves of the back teeth. Sealants “seal out” plaque and food and prevent decay by protecting the teeth.

Children are most cavity prone between the ages of 6-14 years. This makes children and teens the best candidates for getting their teeth sealed due to the likelihood of tooth decay in the premolars and molars.

Sealants may also be appropriate for baby teeth. Baby teeth need to be protected as well since they are so important in holding correct the spacing for permanent teeth. Sealing is important so baby teeth are not lost too early.

Steps to applying sealant:

The teeth are prepared for sealant by receiving a thorough cleaning
Each tooth is dried and absorbent material is put around the tooth to keep it dry during the sealing process
A solution made of acid is put on the chewing surface of the teeth to help rough up the tooth a bit, which helps the sealant “stick” to the surface better
The teeth are rinsed and dried after the acid is applied
The sealant is then painted onto the tooth. The sealand bonds directly to the tooth and hardens with the help of a special intense curing light.

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