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How Do Dental Sealants Work? Teeth are fascinating. We often think of them as little bones inside our mouths because they seem so hard and tough. Enamel may be the hardest substance found in the human body, but it is highly susceptible to the tiniest of attackers. We must do our part to help the enamel protect the teeth and prevent cavities.
The enamel of our teeth is the highly mineralized surface that acts as a protective barrier keeping the underlying dentin, cementum and dental pulp safe from the degradation caused by acids in the mouth. Acids are produced when bacteria that we all have within our mouths encounter the food particles and sugars that coat our teeth after we eat something.
What’s So Special About Enamel?
Normally, our saliva helps to balance the acid and remineralize the enamel. Sometimes, though, the number of acids from what we eat are overpowering. This is why you may find your oral health provider advising you carry a toothbrush with you to use following meals when away from home. Anything you can do to keep the acids from settling on the enamel is key to the prevention of tooth decay.
The earlier we can get into the habit of taking care of our teeth, the better off we are since decay does not occur overnight. It is a progressive effect that occurs over time. This is why children’s oral health is such a big deal. As the first line of defense, brushing and flossing are the two best approaches we can take. Another method of defending the defender, or protecting tooth enamel, is using sealants.
What’s So Special About Dental Sealant?
A dental sealant is a thin, protective layer, or coating, applied to the chewing surface of the teeth. Made from dental materials, sealants act as a kind of shield or raincoat for the teeth. By no means are sealants intended to substitute for brushing and flossing.
However, it has been shown that sealants reduce the risk of developing cavities in molars by almost 80 percent. In fact, the CDC reported in October of 2016 that school-aged children who did not have dental sealants reportedly had three times more tooth decay than children who had sealants. Even those children only comprised less than 50 percent of kids aged 6 to 11.
Sealants can be applied to the teeth at any age, but they are most helpful the earlier you get them. This is one reason why sealants are considered such an important part of children’s oral health. Once a cavity appears, you effectively have a hole in the tooth, which presents a serious vulnerability. Dental decay is progressive unless you receive intervention to stop it.
It is possible to detect even the slightest decay in teeth, and sealants can be applied over these to further protect the teeth from the advancing degradation. Since sealants are clear, it is possible to monitor the progress to keep it under control. Sealants are not permanent, so it is possible to get to any issues to treat them as well as reapplying the sealant to further protect the teeth over time.
What’s The Process?
The process of applying dental sealants is quick and painless. The teeth are cleaned and dried before an acidic gel is applied. Funnily enough, this is to give the teeth something to bite into the sealant so it will stay on. The sealant gets into all the grooves in the molars, and then a special blue light is used to harden the surface.
About Dr. Schulhof?
At the office of Dr. Adam Schulhof, you can be assured they are passionate about giving patients the best care to keep their teeth as clean and healthy as possible. As oral health experts, you can receive the proper guidance on the prevention of cavities.
About Oral Health?
Oral health care is typically something we learn at a very early age. That, however, is only useful if we avoid slacking off on the very necessary habits requiring daily attention. Education is ultimately the best method of keeping your teeth in their best health. It may be as basic as how many times a day one needs to brush and floss. It may be in the knowledge of what is best to eat for good oral health.
The good habits of proper oral hygiene not only include knowing what to avoid, but they must include the following:
- Brushing and flossing at least twice a day
- Brush after meals
- Brushing before going to bed to keep bacteria from accumulating
- Keeping your bi-annual visits with your oral health provider
- Eating a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains
- Cutting back on sugary snacks and sodas that linger on the teeth
Exercising the muscle of good oral health is one that turns into an abiding method of preventing tooth decay and catching the small issues before they can become big problems.
Contact us Today?
The Schulhof Center prides itself on ensuring orthodontics shouldn’t just be a treatment, it should be an experience. Dr. Schulhof has been recognized for his pioneering work in the field of orthodontia. Dr. Adam Schulhof is world renown as a leading authority in lingual orthodontics.
In addition to being a co-founder of KinderSmiles, pediatric dentistry and orthodontic practice, Dr. Schulhof is also a founding member of The Elite Lingual Orthodontist Study Club. An international lecturer and invitee to sit on the clinical advisory boards of 3M Unitek and the original developers of the Incognito Lingualcare system, Dr. Sculhof only has yours and your children’s oral health at the forefront of his interests.
Call for an appointment today at the offices of Dr. Adam Schulhof, DMD, either in New York City or in New Jersey to learn more about the ways you can maintain your best oral healthcare and achieve a healthy smile.
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How Do Dental Sealants Protect (My Child’s Teeth)
Dr Schulhof graduated with high honours from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and received his specialty training from Columbia University.
His early interest in lingual orthodontics has led to him becoming the top provider for Incognito in the U.S. and the world. Dr Schulhof was part of the LingualCare Clinical Advisory Board and is now a Key Opinion Leader for 3M and Incognito. He has presented lectures on lingual orthodontics throughout the U.S. and worldwide. Dr Schulhof is also active in research and development and was a major contributor to the development of Incognito Lite. Recently, New Jersey Orthodontist Dr Schulhof has opened a satellite practice in NYC.