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Glenview, IL 60025

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At the Center for Dental Healing, we focus on whole-body, prevention care. We educate patients that dental health starts at home with good daily home care. However, young children and teens may struggle with this. To help minimize cavities and preserve their teeth, especially adult molars, we look to BPA Free Sealants. Sealants can reduce cavities by 70% or more.

Sealants are not a new preventative measure-they have been used since the 1960’s. Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are made form a plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often.

Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food. Opting for sealants as a young person can make the difference between a lifetime of healthy teeth, and the pain and health risks of chronic decay.

Sealants are not painful to apply and only it takes a few minutes. We often describe the procedure to children as “painting the tooth” similar to painting finger nails. The “paint” bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant becomes a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and may last several years before a reapplication is needed. During your regular dental visits, Dr. Aver will check the condition of the sealants and will suggest reapplying them when necessary.

The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life, therefore children and teenagers are clear candidates for sealants. However, sealants are not only for children! Adults can benefit greatly from sealants as well. Ask Dr. Aver about sealants at your next dental cleaning.