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By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
October 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Children's Healthy TeethIf you could reduce your child's risk of tooth decay by 80 percent, would you do it? Of course, you would, and your dentist in Harrisburg, PA, Dr. Ernest Fontaine, has the perfect way to achieve that goal. The preventive service is called plastic sealants, and they are an easy, cost-sparing way to avoid cavities in molars and premolars. Learn all about them here.

Easy and effective

Preventive dental care is just that: easy and effective. Brushing and flossing at home, watching what you eat and drink and seeing your Harrisburg, PA, dentist twice a year for exams and hygienic cleanings help avoid cavties and gum disease and catch dental problems early while still highly treatable.

For many children, and some adults, too, dental sealants prove an effective weapon against tooth decay. And, they're simple to apply. These "painted on" coatings create a protective barrier against corrosive acids which oral bacteria secrete on tooth surfaces, particularly in the deep crevices on the chewing surfaces of back teeth.

In fact, both the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) say that clear sealants shield teeth from decay in grooves on the top of teeth. Further, the ADA says sealants reduce the risk of childhood cavities by at least 80 percent.

Applied by your dentist

If Dr. Fontaine advises plastic sealants for your child, expect the process to take about five minutes per tooth. Your dentist applies sealants after a professional cleaning and surface preparation with a mild etching liquid to ensure proper bonding between enamel and plastic coating.

The dentist paints on the sealant, allowing it to fill the small crevices which catch and hold plaque and bacteria. Then, he cures the sealant with a special light to ensure a long-lasting bond. Most sealant applications last up to a year.

Curious about sealants?

Call Dr. Fontaine's office team for an appointment, or when you bring your child in for a routine check-up and cleaning, ask us then about how sealants could benefit his or her teeth. Our number is (717) 564-1310. We love seeing our patients continue with healthy smiles for a lifetime!

If you could reduce your child's risk of tooth decay by 80 percent, would you do it? Of course, you would, and your dentist in Harrisburg, PA, Dr. Ernest Fontaine, has the perfect way to achieve that goal. The preventive service is called plastic sealants, and they are an easy, cost-sparing way to avoid cavities in molars and premolars. Learn all about them here.

Easy and effective

Preventive dental care is just that: easy and effective. Brushing and flossing at home, watching what you eat and drink and seeing your Harrisburg, PA, dentist twice a year for exams and hygienic cleanings help avoid cavties and gum disease and catch dental problems early while still highly treatable.

For many children, and some adults, too, dental sealants prove an effective weapon against tooth decay. And, they're simple to apply. These "painted on" coatings create a protective barrier against corrosive acids which oral bacteria secrete on tooth surfaces, particularly in the deep crevices on the chewing surfaces of back teeth.

In fact, both the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) say that clear sealants shield teeth from decay in grooves on the top of teeth. Further, the ADA says sealants reduce the risk of childhood cavities by at least 80 percent.

Applied by your dentist

If Dr. Fontaine advises plastic sealants for your child, expect the process to take about five minutes per tooth. Your dentist applies sealants after a professional cleaning and surface preparation with a mild etching liquid to ensure proper bonding between enamel and plastic coating.

The dentist paints on the sealant, allowing it to fill the small crevices which catch and hold plaque and bacteria. Then, he cures the sealant with a special light to ensure a long-lasting bond. Most sealant applications last up to a year.

Curious about sealants?

Call Dr. Fontaine's office team for an appointment, or when you bring your child in for a routine check-up and cleaning, ask us then about how sealants could benefit his or her teeth. Our number is (717) 564-1310. We love seeing our patients continue with healthy smiles for a lifetime!

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