Ensure the Health of Your Teeth With Tooth Sealants

Ensure the Health of Your Teeth With Tooth Sealants

Sealants in Newmarket, ON

Cavities certainly don’t belong in our dental oasis! When we think of the perfect getaway, we see only beautiful, healthy teeth and bright smiles. If your teeth and gums are not up to par where you wish they were, Oasispark Dental can help.

Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of your teeth (usually the back premolars and molars) to protect them against plaque build-up. Since your molars have depressions and grooves in them, they are comfortable spots for plaque and bacteria to form and potentially cause cavities.

If sealants are not applied, and plaque collects in these areas, it can be difficult to remove and cause problems for your teeth later on. Brushing your teeth consistently is an effective way to reduce the risk of cavities. Still, sealants add an extra level of protection—arguably more so—to help prevent cavities from even starting.

The ideal age for sealants

Our dentists at Oasispark Dental will typically suggest patients get sealants applied to their teeth when their adult premolars and molars begin to form during childhood. Children between the ages of 6 and 14 are the most susceptible to cavities. Permanent molars start to form between the ages of 5 and 7, often called six-year molars. The second set of permanent molars includes between 11 and 14, referred to as the 12-year molars.

Occasionally, we may recommend applying sealants in Newmarket, ON, to baby teeth if your child’s teeth have more grooves or deeper grooves than what is considered normal. Despite what some people may think, it is still essential to protect baby teeth because they hold the space in your child’s mouth until their permanent teeth develop. Therefore, we are just as focused on helping these teeth remain healthy so your child won’t lose them prematurely.

The benefits and application process

Molars that have a deep fit and fissures are likely considered high-risk for cavities, so it would be necessary to apply sealants. Without sealants, our dentists would highly recommend modifying other risk factors that would make your child vulnerable to decays, such as practicing excellent oral hygiene, controlling sugar intake, and ensuring they get enough fluoride.

If you choose sealants in Newmarket, ON, for your child, on the other hand, the process is relatively quick, pain-free, and easy:

  1. We conduct thorough teeth cleaning to ensure the surface of their teeth is free of plaque and then completely dry the area.
  2. We apply an acidic solution to the surfaces where the sealants will be, slightly roughening the area to ensure the sealant will bond well to the chewing surfaces.
  3. We rinse off the acidic solution and paint on the sealant, then leave it to dry and harden, sometimes with a curing light to solidify the sealant further.

Oasispark Dental was built on the foundation of bringing the oasis to you and your loved ones—even from a dentist chair. Children may worry about visiting the dentist, but our friendly team strives to make it feel relaxed and comfortable. Contact us today to book an appointment for dental sealants near you at our Newmarket dental office.

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