The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that 20% of all children between 5 and 11 years of age experience dental cavities and bacterial decay. Most parents rely on oral hygiene and dental cleanings to prevent dental cavities, and that’s definitely admirable. However, dental sealants can further minimize the risk of caries, especially in the molars.
What happens during the dental sealants procedure?
- The dental hygienist thoroughly cleans the teeth to remove all the accumulated food particles, plaque, and tartar. This might involve brushing and flossing.
- Each tooth is dried, and an absorbent material or cotton ball is placed around the teeth to soak up moisture.
- The chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars are roughened with an acid solution. This is done to make the sealant adhere to the teeth.
- The teeth are rinsed and dried.
- The dentist paints the sealant material onto the enamel, allowing it to bond with your teeth.
- In some cases, a curing light might be used to harden the sealant.