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By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
February 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sealants  

No matter how diligently you brush and floss, it's almost impossible to thoroughly clean all the little nooks and crannies in your molars. Sealants offer a layer of protection that helps keep cavities from ever developing. Susan Silvestri, DDS, and Ronnie Deniger, DDS, of sealantsSilvestri & Deniger Dentistry, your dentists in Slidell, LA, explain how sealants work.

Sealants prevent tooth decay

Cavity-causing plaque eats at away at tooth enamel if it isn't promptly removed. Because your molars contain pits and grooves that toothbrush bristles can't reach, cavities can occur no matter how often you brush. Sealants fill in those hard-to-reach areas and very effectively prevent cavities. Sealants are made from a plastic resin, a strong, safe substance that hardens soon after it's applied to teeth. Although sealants are typically recommended for children, they can also prevent cavities in adults.

Sealants protect new teeth

When your child's permanent molars first appear, they aren't as strong as yours. Over time, they'll eventually become more resistant to tooth decay, but until they do, sealants will provide much-needed extra protection.

A simple, pain-free process

After the molars are cleaned and dried, your dentist applies an etching solution to the teeth. The solution helps the sealants adhere better to the back teeth. Sealants are applied with a small brush and then hardened with a blue light. The process is quick and only takes about five minutes per tooth.

Sealants offer long-lasting results

Your new sealants will provide protection from tooth decay for up to 10 years. If you grind your teeth, you may need a new application sooner. Your dentist will check the condition of the sealants during every visit and reapply them as needed if they notices worn areas.

Don't let cavities ruin your smile. Call your Slidell, LA, dentists, Drs. Silvestri and Deniger of Silvestri & Deniger, LLC, at (985) 641-7200 and schedule an appointment for dental sealants today. Protect your teeth with this simple treatment!

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