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Dental Sealants: FAQs

08/24/2019

When you visit our dental office in Elk Grove Village, we will walk you through the dental sealant process and why it’s important to consider getting them for your children. Brushing and flossing are the best way to prevent cavities, but sometimes you cannot reach every area in your mouth. However, sealants are the added protection that we offer at Schumer Family Dental Care.

 

What Are Sealants?

Sealants are a thin, protective coating that adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth (the molars) to help keep cavities away, ultimately preventing the early stages of decay from becoming a cavity.

 

How Do Sealants Work?

When sealants are applied, they protect your teeth from cavity-causing bacteria that would otherwise produce acids and create holes in your teeth. Sealants keep those bits of food out, stopping the bacteria and acid from forming on your teeth. 

 

Who Can Get Sealants?

It’s beneficial to get sealants as early as possible—children are good candidates for this procedure. Once molars have come in, it’s a good idea to seal these teeth to keep them cavity-free from the start. This can save time and money in the long run so ask your dentist if your child could benefit from sealants.

 

What Is The Application Process?

This process is quick, painless, and can be done in one visit. Your dentist will clean and dry your tooth, and then place an acidic gel on your teeth. The gel will become rough on your teeth so a strong bond can form between the tooth and sealant. Your dentist will then rinse off the gel, dry your tooth, and then apply the sealant onto the grooves of your teeth. The blue light is used to harden the sealant, and then you’re all set! 

 

Contact our dental office in Elk Grove Village today to find out if you or your child are candidates for sealants. We look forward to hearing from you!

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