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Sealants and Fluoride Treatments

Decay starts early in life, so dental sealants are generally placed on your teeth at a young age.

The first set of permanent molars usually erupts by age 6. Sealing these chewing surfaces soon after will help keep them healthy and protect them from cavities. Much later, second molars erupt during the rapid growth spurts of teenagers. These molars are just as vulnerable as the first, and the typical teenager will subject them to excessive sugar. The sooner these chewing surfaces can be sealed, the better.

Although dental sealants are usually applied early in life, adults at high risk of developing decay can also benefit from receiving them. Consult with Dr. Covino and Dr. Serrano to determine if tooth sealants are right for you.

How We "Seal the Deal"

Applying dental sealants is relatively simple, and generally takes just a few minutes per tooth. A dental sealant procedure includes three steps: 

Step 1. The teeth requiring dental sealants are cleaned.

Step 2. An acid solution is then applied to the chewing surfaces to help the dental sealant adhere to the tooth.

Step 3. The dental sealant is "painted" onto the tooth enamel to bond and harden.

In some cases, a curing light may be used to help the dental sealant harden. When they remain intact, dental sealants can last for years.

Total Preventive Care

Contrary to popular belief, dental sealants are not meant to replace fluoride in your dental care program. Rather, sealants are meant to work with fluoride. Fluoride protects the smooth surfaces of teeth from decay; sealants protect the chewing surfaces. Therefore, using both ensures a well-rounded preventive dentistry routine. 

 

For more information, check out these links: 

www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/s/sealants

www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/f/fluoride