Even with proper brushing and flossing, it can be difficult to clean all of the plaque and food particles from the back teeth. This missed plaque and food can cause tooth decay. To protect your teeth and your child’s teeth from decay, Dr. Kerry Olszewski may recommend dental sealants in Mill Creek, Washington. Dental sealant is a thin coating of plastic that is painted on the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars.

Once the material bonds into the grooves of the teeth, it will seal out plaque. Usually children and teenagers have dental sealants placed when the molars and premolars come in. However, adults with no decay or dental fillings in their back teeth can also benefit from dental sealants.

Applying dental sealants takes only a few minutes per tooth. Our dentist will first clean the molars and premolars. Each tooth is dried and an absorbent material is placed around them to keep them dry. Our dentist will use an acid solution to roughen the teeth. The teeth are rinsed and dried again and our dentist paints the dental sealant onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds into place.

We encourage you to contact Mill Creek General Dentistry today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.