In general, people don’t stop to consider that you only get one set of adult teeth to last you the rest of your life. Most of us take great care to purchase and install protective covers for our cell phones and park our cars inside the garage, but shouldn’t we take that same kind of precaution with the teeth that will outlast both our cell phones and our cars? Dental Sealants are a cost-effective way to add an extra buffer of protection to our oral health routine.
Dental Sealants – Protecting Your Teeth
Dental sealants are typically applied to your back teeth where it’s harder to floss and there are lots of nooks and crannies for food to get stuck. The purpose of the dental sealants is to protect the teeth that are typically more difficult to clean and maintain between routine cleanings.
How Are They Applied?
Dental sealants are applied after a thorough professional cleaning. A mild etching substance is used on the tooth surface to prepare it for the sealant. After a good rinse and dry, the sealant is then painted onto the tooth surface and exposed to ultraviolet light or a laser to harden. It’s really that quick and easy!
How Long Should Dental Sealants Last?
With proper care and maintenance, dental sealants should be effective for many years. Your dentist should provide you with at-home care instructions to maximize the life of the sealants.
Looking for dental sealants in the Scottsdale, AZ / Paradise Valley area? Contact Dr. Kidess at the office by calling or using our online contact form.