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How are sealants applied?

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First the teeth that are to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned.

Each tooth is then dried, and cotton or another absorbent material is put around the tooth to keep it dry.

An acid solution is put on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to roughen them up, which helps the sealant bond to the teeth.

The teeth are then rinsed and dried.

Sealant is then painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. Sometimes a special curing light is used to help the sealant harden.

From: Dental Health: Sealants WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 15, 2018
Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 15, 2018

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