"Sealants protect against 80% of cavities for two years and continue to protect against 50% of cavities for up to four years," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More About Sealants
Sealants are thin mini plastic fillings that act as a protective layer that coats teeth, especially molars. Dr. Robert Wyler, your Waukesha, WI, dentist, applies the protective coat on uneven and rough chewing surfaces of molars.
Molars are the most susceptible to cavities because they are hard to reach while brushing. Bacteria readily flourishes in cracks and crevices in teeth. The bacteria creates cavities that then eat away at your child's teeth and can lead to serious dental deterioration.
The plastic coating, sealant, when applied, smoothens the surface of teeth by filling in the cracks and crevices. This makes them more resistant to decay.
- The tooth or teeth to be sealed are examined and decay is removed.
- The tooth is cleaned and dried.
- Then a solution that roughens or etches the surface of the tooth is applied (this will allow the sealing material to adhere more efficiently).
- The tooth is then rinsed and dried again.
- The liquid sealant is applied on the tooth and hardens in about a minute (the dentist may use a curing light to assist in the process).
Caring for Teeth
- Brush your teeth twice a day (hold your brush at a 40-degree angle and make sure to brush back molars)
- Floss at least once a day before bed and make sure to floss the edges of your teeth, under your gums
- Use fluoride-containing products, like mouthwash and toothpaste, to protect your teeth against cavities
- Visit your Waukesha dentist twice a year for checkups and professional cleanings
Don't let you or your child's teeth go untreated! Go see Dr. Robert Wyler, your Waukesha, WI, dentist. He provides patients with the sealants they need.