A dental sealant is a liquid coating applied to the chewing surface of the teeth and then hardened to help prevent cavities. The pits and grooves of teeth are popular areas for tooth decay. Tooth brushing may not be enough to clean these intricate structures.
Sealants are designed to block out bacteria and food debris that otherwise may lead to decay. Developed about 50 years ago, sealants become common in the 1970s, and are continuing to gain popularity. Children are the best candidates for sealants because many have not experienced tooth decay.
Dr. Harbin and Dr. Kempton, or our Registered Dental Hygienist, will first clean the tooth surface and then etch the tooth with a chemical substance that allows the sealant to adhere better. Once the sealant is applied, it is hardened using a dental curing light. Sealants typically need to be reapplied every 5-10 years.
We invite you to call (989) 448‑2664 for more information about dental sealants in Gaylord, Michigan, and we look forward to seeing you for a consultation at Otsego Dental Group.