Sealants

There is a reason that most cavities develop on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth: they are filled with tiny grooves that trap food particles and bacteria creating the perfect conditions for tooth decay. Sealants can help prevent this decay by smoothing out the chewing surfaces.

Sealants – Canton, MS

There is a reason that most cavities develop on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth: they are filled with tiny grooves that trap food particles and bacteria. Regular brushing can help, but the bristles on a toothbrush may not be able to reach into the deep crevices of the back teeth, creating the perfect conditions for tooth decay. Sealants can help prevent this decay by smoothing out the chewing surfaces.

Sealants are most often recommended for children. Not only do their teeth have the same grooves as adult teeth, but the enamel of newly erupted teeth is softer, making them more vulnerable to decay. Additionally, children are not well-known for stellar brushing and flossing techniques. Dental sealants are painless to place and can help your child avoid extensive and potentially painful dental procedures as they grow.

How Sealants Are Placed

Sealings can be place in a single visit to our office. Because tooth enamel does not contain any nerves, the procedures is completely painless. First, your child’s teeth will be examined for decay; any minimal decay that is found will be removed. The teeth will then be cleaned and dried before being coated with a solution that prepares them for the sealants. A safe liquid plastic is then painted onto the chewing surface of the teeth where it hardens with the help of a special curing light.

Taking Care of Sealants

Having sealed teeth will not relieve your child of their brushing and flossing duties. Regular dental appointments will be necessary to allow us to check on the wear and tear of the sealants. During the ten years that your child’s sealants should last, he or she will benefit from a 70% reduction of tooth decay.

To learn more about dental sealants, contact Dental Solutions of Mississippi to schedule an appointment.