Getting Dental Sealants in Virginia Beach
We show our children to properly brush all surfaces of their teeth. We help them floss. We remind them morning and night to brush for three solid minutes. But no matter how much we encourage proper dental care, sometimes cavities still happen. With regular dental exams, Dr. Mary Lewis can spot problem areas and seal teeth before they become an issue.
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating used in problematic areas such as chewing surface of molars to prevent cavities before they form. By applying the thin film to the surface of the molar teeth after they erupt, you can effectively eliminate the risk of cavities on hard to brush surfaces. They are a valuable method of prevention, particularly since they can last up to ten years.
Why are dental sealants beneficial?
When we eat foods of any kind, they leave behind a sticky substance known as plaque. This plaque adheres to the surface of teeth and little by little wears away at the surface of teeth. This protective surface, called enamel, protects our teeth from cavities. The hard to reach location and natural pits and grooves of molars make them likely candidates for cavities, so when Dr. Lewis spots the early signs of damage to these surfaces, she can treat the area with a protective coating to prevent further damage. The sealant provides an impenetrable layer to keep out bacteria and food and eliminate plaque from adhering to the surface of the tooth.
When you get dental sealants in Virginia Beach, you are taking a proactive step to avoid painful and costly procedures from happening in the future. Dental sealants allow you to eliminate cavities before they become a problem and result in fillings, extractions, or crowns.
What is the dental sealant process like?
Dental sealants are a quick and painless means of preventative care that can be completed in less than an hour. After your regular biannual checkup, Dr. Lewis may recommend certain teeth at risk for cavities for dental sealants. These teeth are thoroughly cleaned then dried to prepare them for the first step. A mild etching solution is used to create a rough surface on the tooth so that the sealant can adhere better. Remaining solution is rinsed from the surface and the tooth is dried again. The liquid sealant is painted on in a thin coat and hardens in just a few minutes with a curing light.
Should my child receive dental sealants?
Dental sealants are beneficial to most children, especially those who do not maintain good dental habits. Each child and their dental needs vary. If you are interested in dental sealants in Virginia Beach, contact the office of Dr. Mary Lewis to schedule an exam. During the exam and cleaning, Dr. Lewis will determine if your child is a good candidate for the protective coating.
Dental sealants can prevent larger problems from happening but you should still use proper dental cleaning methods. Brush regularly with a fluoride toothpaste and drink plenty of water to wash bacteria and plaque out of the mouth. If you have dental questions, contact our office at (757) 631-9200 today.