Leave the Pits to the Peaches
But those pits have nothing on the pits in your molars. These pits harbor bits of food particles that if left to their own devices will likely begin the process of decay. But no matter how diligent the brusher, pits in the molars usually can’t be fully cleaned with a toothbrush.
That’s where sealants from the team at Kalil & Kress come in.
What are sealants?
It’s easy to think of sealants in terms of summer road work. We’ll all soon see too many road crews out on the Nashua streets filling potholes with asphalt. Sealants are used to fill the pits in the molars of our patients. We use a strong resin or glass ionomer that we paint onto the chewing surfaces of the molars. The sealant is cured with a special light and fills in the depressions and grooves in the molars, bonding to the teeth and forming a protective shield on those teeth. Now, food can’t get down into the pits and attract bacteria.
Who should get sealants?
We recommend that children and teenagers with even moderate grooves in their teeth should get sealants. Why? This protects the teeth during the most cavity-prone years, ages six to 14. Adults can also get sealants on their molars that haven’t developed any decay and are without fillings.
How are sealants applied?
Applying sealants is simple.
- First, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned.
- Each tooth to be sealed is dried.
- An acid solution is put on the chewing surface of each molar to create a rougher surface for the sealant to bond to.
- This is then rinsed and the teeth again dried.
- Sealant is painted onto the tooth and a curing light is used to harden the sealant.
How long do sealants last?
Sealants usually last 10 years or so, but they can last far longer. The important thing is to have them on the teeth during the cavity prone years.
Sealants are awesome preventative care. Call us at 603-880-7004 for your next appointment and, if you have children, let’s discuss applying sealants.