Dental Sealants in Issaquah Highlands
Protect against decay and prevent cavities with sealants.
What are Dental Sealants?
A dental sealant is a plastic resin bond that helps to guard against tooth decay and cavities in areas that are hard to reach with a toothbrush. Small cracks and grooves in the teeth are especially difficult to keep clean, even with consistent brushing and flossing. Dr. Vanama recommends sealants for most children once their permanent molars start erupting. This is typically at age six for the first set of molars and age 12 for the second set. Dental sealants can also be helpful for some adults.
The Process of Applying Dental Sealants
Your dentist in Issaquah always cleans the teeth thoroughly before applying new dental sealants. Once that is done, she places a special gel on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth and then quickly washes it away and dries the teeth. For the next step, Dr. Vanama paints the sealant on each tooth to be treated. The sealant hardens on its own to form a protective barrier over the tooth. It only takes about one minute to complete the hardening process.
Effectiveness and Durability of Dental Sealants
Dental sealants serve as a barrier against plaque and bacteria by making it difficult for them to get into the pits and fissures of the back teeth. They last around four years on average, but it’s not unusual for Dr. Vanama to see adult patients who still have dental sealants in place. If you notice that the sealants on your child’s teeth or your own teeth have broken, contact your dentist in Issaquah for an immediate appointment. She can re-seal the back teeth in a matter of minutes.
Even with dental sealants in place, it’s still important to practice good oral hygiene habits. This includes brushing twice a day for two to three minutes at a time as well as regular flossing. Using mouthwash after each brushing session can also help to kill bacteria in the mouth. Eating a balanced diet and avoiding sugary snacks is essential as well. Consuming food and drinks rich in calcium, such as cheese, milk, and yogurt, reduce acidity in the mouth. Along with dental sealants, these practices prevent tooth decay and the need for fillings.
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