Des Moines Restorative Dentistry
Borrowing slightly from the chimney sweep song as sung in the popular movie musical / fantasy of 1964, Mary Poppins, it would be fun to sing the following words when going to work to cleaning our mouth of the grimy foodstuffs and sticky plaque that results from the eating of foods: Chim Chim-in-ey, Chim Chim-in-ey Chim Chim Cher-ee … a sweep is as lucky, as lucky can be. I choose me bristles with pride yes I do, a soft brush for the teeth and hard floss in-between.
A sweep is as ‘lucky’ as ‘lucky’ can be? Yes, ‘tis true – no matter how dutiful the brush and floss, there remains on the rougher surfaces, usually the back molars used for chewing, nooks and crannies that neither toothbrush nor floss can get to. The food particles and plaque remain hidden and ‘feast’ on tooth enamel until – the awakening comes – usually in the early hours of morning with ‘slight’ throbbing. Why leave the results of your next six-month routine check-up to luck? Consider the use of dental sealants, a thin protective coating made from plastic or other dental materials, that adhere to the chewing surface of the hard-to-reach-for back molars. Sealants keep cavities from forming and may even stop early stages of decay from becoming that full-blown cavity.
Chim Chim-in-ey, Chim Chim-in-ey Chim Chim Cher-ooo, are dental sealants meant for you?
Dental sealants are most beneficial for young school age children and teens and the earlier they can be applied the better for the teeth but certainly adults are not exempt nor excluded from taking advantage of this means to fight the enemy of tooth enamel – plaque! The process of applying the sealant is very easy and painless.
The dentist will clean and dry the tooth and then place an acidic gel to the teeth to ‘rough up’ the tooth surface so the sealant will be able to bond with the tooth surface. Once roughed up, gel is rinsed off and tooth dried again. The sealant is then applied onto grooves of tooth and a special blue light applied to harden the sealant.