Posts for tag: sealants

By TLC Dentistry
June 26, 2019
Tags: sealants  

SealantsDrs. William E. Lee, Pada Chalothorn, and William Cartee, Jr., of Lexington, KY, use sealants as a protective layer to prevent bacteria from decaying teeth.

Dental decay is when cavity-causing bacteria from leftover food particles that create holes in teeth because of acid-producing bacteria. Dental sealants are plastic resin coatings that smooth the chewing surfaces of teeth to resistant decay. Sealants can be made of:

  • glass ionomers
  • resin-modified glass ionomers
  • polyacid-modified resins
  • composite resin

Cavities, the cause of decay, develop on chewing surfaces and back teeth, like molars. Bacteria nestle in the tiny grooves, pits and fissures, because food particles get stuck in them.

With children, newly erupted permanent teeth don't hold up well against decay. It's easier to penetrate the hard enamel coating that's supposed to protect teeth in children.

In general, for both children and adults, fluoride-containing products and drinking water washes away food particles and strengthens enamel.

The process of getting a sealant is quite simple and quick.

  1. Your family dentist examines your teeth to check for additional issues, other than cavities of course.
  2. They clean your teeth and dries them
  3. They then apply an acid gel on the surface of your teeth and wait a few moments for the acid to open up already-existing dental pores and then rinse it off.
  4. Finally, your dentist will apply the sealant onto the grooves of your tooth and harden them with a special blue light.

Your Lexington, KY, family dentist advises you take certain preventative measures to protect your teeth:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss every night
  • Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco.
  • Avoid sticky sugary foods
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Have sealants placed on young permanent teeth

Do you want to speak with your Lexington, KY, family dentists, Drs. William E. Lee, Pada Chalothorn, and William Cartee, Jr., about dental sealants? Just give your dentist a call today!

By Thompson Lee & Chalothorn
February 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sealants  

Use sealants to protect your children’s teeth.

You’ve probably heard about dental sealants, but you’re not sure if they are really necessary for your children. After all, your kids are brushing three times a day and even starting to floss. Isn’t that enough? Your family dentists Drs.Thompson, Lee & Chalothorn at TLC sealantsDentistry in Lexington, Kentucky want you to know about a simple procedure that can protect your children’s teeth even more; it’s called dental sealants. Dental sealants can help ensure cavity-free teeth for your children.

Dental sealants are a liquid resin material that is placed into the deep grooves and crevices of the chewing surfaces on your children’s teeth. The liquid material is then hardened or “cured” with a special ultraviolet curing light. After the sealant treatment, your children’s chewing surfaces will have a hard plastic coating covering and protecting them from decay.

Your dentists at TLC Dentistry want you to know that the deep grooves and crevices of normal tooth anatomy are the perfect place for bacteria and food to hide. Often brushing and flossing can’t get into deeper dental anatomy, where cavities sometimes start. Dental sealants keep bacteria and food from entering the deeper grooves and crevices, shielding your children’s teeth from damage.

Your children don’t have to experience the pain of dental decay, thanks to dental sealants. Your children can be protected from needing more extensive and expensive fillings as they get older, and you will have peace of mind knowing you’ve done the best for your children.

Your dentists at TLC Dentistry recommend your children’s first permanent molars be sealed as soon as they erupt, usually between the ages of 5 and 7. Second molars should be sealed between the ages of 11 and 14.

When you decide to protect your children’s teeth with dental sealants, you owe it to yourself and your children to have the best experience possible. That’s why you shouldn’t go to just anyone. Call Drs. Thompson, Lee & Chalothorn, your family dentists in the neighborhood at TLC Dentistry in Lexington, Kentucky. They are experts at protecting your children’s smiles, so call today!

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