Have you ever crossed your fingers before a dental visit, hoping you didn’t have a cavity? If you have, consider dental sealants. They are a great way to add a protective barrier between the surfaces of your teeth and harmful decay-causing bacteria. 

Taking care of your oral and overall health is a lifetime commitment. Maintain a strong, healthy smile with this safe, preventative treatment option. 

Dental sealants are thin, plastic, liquid coatings. These coatings, usually placed on the chewing (occlusal) surface of the permanent back teeth (molars), help protect them from decay. 

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What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are thin, plastic, liquid coatings. These coatings, usually placed on the chewing (occlusal) surface of the permanent back teeth (molars), help protect them from decay. 

In general, anyone who is prone to tooth decay should consider sealants.

What Is Their Purpose? 

Food is notorious for getting stuck in the back teeth because your molars have deep grooves that help you grind up food when you chew. Unfortunately, bacteria can become trapped, leading to cavities over time. 

That’s where dental sealants save the day. They add an extra layer of protection by providing a smooth surface covering those pitted, grooved areas. 

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Why Are Flouride-Free Dental Sealants Important? 

As a mercury-free and holistic dentist, our goal is focused on raising your level of dental fitness through a co-discovery of your goals and needs. We achieve this by creating a dental plan based on your priorities so you can progress toward a healthier smile in a friendly environment. Additionally, we ensure our products are safe and fluoride-free. 

Fluoride-free dental sealants are similar to traditional sealants but made without fluoride. Choose fluoride-free because: 

  • They don’t expose you to fluoride, which can lead to weaker bones as you age. 
  • Even though our dental sealants are fluoride-free, they work just as effectively, and your safety isn’t compromised. 
  • Reduces the risk of allergic reactions if you are sensitive to fluoride. 

If you are interested in learning more about fluoride-free dental sealants, our team is happy to answer any questions. 

Dental sealants can protect your teeth for up to ten years if cared for properly.

Who Needs Dental Sealants? 

Dental sealants are popular for children and teenagers. According to the Cleveland Clinic, sealants are one of the most common preventative dentistry treatments. 

Here is a breakdown of dental sealant candidates:

  • Children should have dental sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as those teeth are visible. The protection of sealants will last through the cavity-prone years, ages 6 through 14. 
  • Baby teeth may be appropriate for dental sealants. Some baby teeth have deep depressions and grooves, and sealants protect those areas. Don’t wait until it’s too late. It’s never too early to start taking care of teeth.
  • Adults without decay or dental fillings in their molars benefit from this treatment, too.

In general, anyone who is prone to tooth decay should consider sealants. 

How Are Dental Sealants Placed? 

Getting sealants is painless and only takes a few minutes. Here is a step-by-step of what you can expect at your appointment. 

  • Your dentist will thoroughly clean the tooth’s surface. 
  • Next, the tooth will be rinsed and dried. 
  • An acidic solution is then placed on the grooved area of the tooth’s surface for several seconds before rinsing. 
  • From there, it creates a microscopic area and a rougher surface than the surrounding tooth enamel, enabling the dental sealant to attach to the tooth. 
  • Once the tooth is dried, the liquid sealant is placed on the tooth and hardened by a curing light
  • Finally, the dental sealant hardens and becomes a solid plastic varnish coating, allowing you to chew again. 

Dental sealants can protect your teeth for up to ten years if cared for properly. And, if necessary, it’s possible to place a new sealant on the tooth. 

How Do I Take Care of Dental Sealants? 

Practicing good oral health care will keep your dental sealants in good shape. Here are a few tips to care for your sealants: 

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. 
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Avoid using your teeth for anything other than eating. 

And, of course, visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings! 

Our Black Mountain, NC, practice offers fluoride-free dental sealants and many other ways to protect and keep your teeth healthy and clean!

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Protect Your Teeth with the Team at Anders Dental 

At Anders Dental, we believe the key to preventative dentistry is how well you care for your teeth when you’re not in the dentist’s chair. 

If you are seeking a holistic approach to dentistry, look no further. Our Black Mountain, NC, practice offers fluoride-free dental sealants and many other ways to protect and keep your teeth healthy and clean! Contact us today to learn more.