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LONG ISLAND, NY, December 02, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Are dental sealants a procedure you should consider for yourself or your child? If you are like most parents, you probably aren't sure about how the process works, and the benefits it provides. Basically, the process involves "painting" a thin, plastic coating on the surfaces of the teeth involved in the chewing process, and is beneficial for preventing decay which often begins in the little "nooks and crannies" a toothbrush and dental floss cannot effectively reach. The doctors at Woodbury Pedo & Ortho introduce the benefits of sealants for you and your child.
Who benefits from dental sealants?
Children & Adults
Children, whose molars and premolars have grown in. Most cavities form between the ages of 6 and 14; by protecting the permanent molars and premolars initially, future tooth decay can be reduced or avoided. Adults who do not have fillings and decay also benefit from having a protective coating applied to the molars. Even though you are an adult, it doesn't mean cavities and decay won't occur in those deeper grooves and depressions!
How does the dental sealant process work?
The application of dental sealants is fairly simple and completely painless. Here's how it works:
The first step involves thoroughly cleaning the teeth to be sealed.
Each tooth to be sealed is dried, then an absorbent material such as cotton placed around the teeth to be sealed to keep them dry.
The surface of the teeth are roughened so that sealant will adhere using an acid solution.
The acid solution is then rinsed, and the teeth are dried.
Lastly, the technician will "paint" the sealant on to the surface of each tooth, where it bonds and hardens; in some instances hardening of the sealant may be enhanced with a special curing light.
On average, dental sealants last for about 10 years; however, it is important to have a doctor at Woodbury Pedo & Ortho take a look at the teeth that have been sealed at your regular checkup, as the sealant may chip or wear away. In this situation, the sealant may be replaced.
Dental sealants hold up very well under the pressure of normal chewing, and protect your teeth so that cavities and decay do not develop as they keep bacteria and small food particles from penetrating down to the tooth enamel. When properly applied, teeth are 100% protected from cavities and decay.
Whether for yourself or your younger age or teen children, Woodbury Pedo & Ortho believes the benefits of dental sealants are well worth the cost when you consider the preventive benefit, and that you will potentially save the costs of fillings, caps, and root canals down the road due to decay!
Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics focuses on the oral health and needs of young people. The goal of this office is to help all children feel good about visiting the dentist and teach them how to care for their teeth while providing the best dental care for children of all ages. Call us today, at (516) 921-0400.
Serving the Woodbury, Syosset, Plainview, Jericho,Huntington and surrounding Long Island communities. Call for an appointment (516) 921-0400.
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