Your dentists may have suggested sealing your child’s teeth and you may have wondered what that meant. Although dental sealants have been around since the 1960s, their existence is not that well-known. Less than one-third of American children have had their teeth sealed. Today, your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans discuss dental sealants.
What are Sealants?
Dental sealants are a liquid plastic resin material that is painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent cavities from forming. They are easy to apply and painless. Because it goes on as a liquid, the resin levels off into the grooves and depressions of the tooth, and hardens into a protective shield. The plastic barrier protects the tooth enamel from harmful bacterial plaque and acids.
Why get Sealants?
The main reason to get dental sealants is to avoid tooth decay. Your teeth develop pits and fissures while you are still children and that is why children and teens are the most likely candidates for sealants. Having your children’s teeth sealed helps keep their teeth safe from decay and healthy for years to come. Sealants are strong enough to withstand chewing and can last for years. Sealants aren’t reserved only for children, adults can benefit from them as well. Everyone needs to maintain their oral health and your teeth are meant to last a lifetime.
How Sealants are Applied
There are six easy steps to applying sealants which include:
- Cleaning the tooth
- Drying the tooth
- Applying a solution that roughens the tooth (making it easier for the sealant to adhere)
- A second rinse and dry
- The sealant is painted on
- The sealant hardens within seconds
It’s that easy!
About Your Reno Dentists
Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 829-7700.