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Dental Sealants in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Little girl brushing teeth in mirrorYoung brushers may experience some difficulty reaching those more troublesome spots behind their teeth and in the back of their mouths. All teeth have little pits and fissures on their chewing surfaces, rough spots that are difficult to get at with a toothbrush. In children, these spots are often more of a problem because they are smaller and so much harder to effectively scrub.

This difficulty in cleaning is often brought to light when children visit the family dentist and find that bacteria have taken up residence and caused numerous cavities. To help prevent this from happening, dentists have two powerful tools at their disposal.

One is fluoride; regular fluoride treatment is extremely helpful in preventing decay. To offer further protection, however, you need something that can cut bacteria off from accessing those pits and fissures. To do this, dentists use sealants.

What is a Sealant?

A dental sealant is a bio-friendly coating that is applied soon after your child’s teeth erupt, and which provides a barrier between cavity-causing bacteria and the healthy teeth of your child. The sealant is either white or clear, so it looks natural, blending with your child’s teeth. Furthermore, it can last for years, so once the sealant has been applied, it is only a matter of having it inspected for wear and occasionally touched up during your regular visits to our office.

Texturing the teeth

The procedure begins with the application of a mild acidic solution which makes the surface of the teeth slightly rougher, giving the sealant a good surface to bond to. This prolongs the life of the sealant, ensuring longer protection for you child.

Application

Dr. Clark then carefully applies the sealant, covering the surfaces of the selected teeth with a thin layer of protectant. The sealant is hardened or cured with strong, concentrated light, similar to that used in the curing of white fillings.

And that’s it!

While a sealant does offer excellent protection from cavities, it does not stand in place of regular fluoride treatments. Fluoride treatments are still recommended to aid in the maintenance of healthy and bright young teeth.

If you are concerned that your child’s teeth may be at risk, talk to us at Niagara-on-the-Lake Dental find out how we can help you keep them at their best.
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