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How are tooth sealants applied?

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

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

3. Sometimes, an etching solution is put on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to roughen them up, which helps the sealant bond to the teeth. Other sealants do not require this step.

4. The teeth are then rinsed and dried.

5. 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: Tooth Sealants WebMD Medical Reference

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American Dental Association: "Dental Sealants."

CDC: "Dental Sealants."

 

 

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on July 03, 2018

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Dental Sealants."

CDC: "Dental Sealants."

 

 

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on July 03, 2018

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