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Are you interested in keeping tooth decay at bay? If so, you’re not alone. Tooth decay is a serious and dangerous dental issue that can destroy teeth and cause extreme amounts of pain. Many people despise tooth decay and do everything they can to prevent it. One way to prevent it is with dental sealants.

Dental sealants are wafer-thin, clear shells that are painted onto the back teeth. This is because the back teeth are more difficult to clean, especially because of their deep pits and fissures. Dr. Jenny Hawkins will typically paint the sealants on the teeth after your routine dental cleaning and exam to ensure the teeth are clean.

When placing the sealants, your dentist will deeply clean the teeth, dry them, and then place an absorbent shield around them to keep them dry. Next, she will roughen the surfaces of the teeth with a special solution, which will help the sealants bond to the teeth. Finally, your dentist will rinse and dry the teeth and then paint the sealants on the surfaces. When the sealants are placed, she will harden them with a special light.

These shells will protect the teeth by refusing bacteria the access to the tooth enamel. If the bacteria don’t have access to the teeth, they can’t create tooth decay.

If you have any questions about dental sealants in Lexington Park, MD, or if you’re interested in protecting your teeth, please call Pax Dental by dialing 301-863-8822 and schedule an appointment. Our dental team will be happy to help you fight and prevent cavities!