Preventive Dental Care | Swisher Dental Kennewick, WAadmin2015-09-02T04:35:23+00:00
A sealant is a clear plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.
Sealants act as barrier, protecting the grooves, pits, and fissures from plaque and food, thus reducing the risk of decay.
Chewing surface of a molar protected by a shaded sealant.
The fluoride ion comes from the element fluorine. Fluoride, either applied topically to erupted teeth, or ingested orally (called systemic fluoride) during tooth development, helps to prevent tooth decay, strengthen tooth enamel, and reduce the harmful effects of plaque. Fluoride also makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes remineralization, which aids in repairing early decay before the damage is even visible.
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