Dental Sealants: The Way to Prevent Tooth Decay

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Your back molars have deep pits that allow you to chew and grind hard and tough foods. However, because the pits are so deep, they tend to gather plaque, bacteria, and harmful particles that create tooth decay. This is why it’s important to take advantage of dental sealants.

Dental sealants are a protected varnish that is painted onto your teeth and hardened. Once hardened, they will keep the bacteria in your mouth from having direct access to your tooth enamel, thus preventing cavities.

Children are generally encouraged to get sealants, but adults are more than welcome to as well. As long as the adult does not have tooth decay or dental fillings in the teeth needing the sealant, our team is more than happy to protect their teeth with this product.

Applying a dental sealant is simple, quick, and easy. It only requires one appointment at Quail Ridge Dental and it generally includes the following steps:

-Your dentist will thoroughly clean each tooth that is receiving the sealant.

-Once the teeth are cleaned, he will dry them and will place cotton swabs around them to keep them dry.

-Your dentist will then place an acidic solution on the teeth to roughen their surfaces. This will help the sealants bond to the teeth.

-Then, he will once again rinse and dry the teeth.

-Finally, he will paint the sealants onto the teeth and will harden them with a special light.

Sealants generally last up to 10 years if they are frequently checked at your six-month cleaning appointments. If something happens to the sealant, your dentist will be happy to replace it as soon as possible.

Dental sealants are strong, reliable shells that can protect your teeth every night and day. If you have decided that you would like to take advantage of dental sealants in Kennewick, Washington, please call Quail Ridge Dental today at 509-396-6950 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Beck. We will be more than happy to help you protect your smile!