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Protect Your Smile with Dental Sealants

Preventing tooth decay and cavities is an essential part of oral health. However, while brushing and flossing can go a long way toward protecting your smile, they are not always enough on their own. Children in particular are especially susceptible to dental problems. Dr. John Rink and his team at Charleston Center for Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry in Charleston, SC, place dental sealants over vulnerable teeth as an additional layer of protection from decay.

How Sealants Work to Protect Your Teeth

Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings applied to the chewing surface of your teeth in the areas that are most susceptible to plaque and trapped food. These sealants smooth out the places where cavity-causing bacteria can attach and can thus prevent decay. The treatment itself is fast and painless. In most cases, Dr. Rink can finish the procedure in a single visit. During the appointment, we will first thoroughly clean you or your child's teeth to remove any debris and decay. We will then dry the teeth and apply a mildly acid solution to the enamel. This roughens the surface enough to allow the sealant to firmly bond to the teeth. Once applied, the sealants are hardened onto the teeth using a special curing light. The doctor will typically ask patients to avoid eating or drinking for at least half an hour afterward to ensure that the sealants dry.

Dental sealants may seem like a minor treatment, but the benefits can have a long-lasting impact.

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Who Should Get Sealants?

While sealants can protect people of all ages from cavities and decay, we most often recommend them for our younger patients. Because children are still learning good oral hygiene, food debris and bacteria often become trapped within the inner grooves of their teeth. By adding an extra layer of protection for kids, sealants can guard their oral health until they develop an effective hygiene routine. However, sealants work best in tandem with consistent oral care. Consequently, we still encourage all of our patients to practice good habits, such as brushing and flossing.

How Long Do Sealants Last?

Sealants can last anywhere from three to 10 years, depending on how well they are maintained. In some cases, a sealant can even stay in place from childhood to adulthood. Dr. Rink will carefully examine your sealants during regular dental exams to ensure that the sealants have not worn away. If a portion of the coating is dislodged or tears off, patients or parents should schedule an appointment immediately to replace it.

The Importance of Protecting Your Teeth

Dental sealants may seem like a minor treatment, but the benefits can have a long-lasting impact. When bacteria settle within the grooves of the teeth, plaque and cavities can form. If these cavities go untreated, bacteria will spread to the gums and neighboring teeth, resulting in decay and tooth loss. The longer damaged teeth go untreated, the more serious the oral health concerns may become. By taking a preventative measure before any signs of decay arise, patients can experience better lifetime health benefits.

Protect Your Child's Smile

To receive your preventative treatment or to lay the groundwork for your child's oral health, please send us a message or give us a call at (843) 376-6920 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rink.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

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YOUR TREATMENT PLAN

To Our Family of Patients,

After much thought and concern for the health of our patients and team, I would like to share with you my thoughts on how the Coronavirus outbreak in the United States can best be managed at our practice. The key issue is prevention. Social distancing is the best solution at this time to prevent the spread of the virus.

Therefore, in conjunction with the South Carolina Dental Association recommendations, I have decided to close our normal practice operation with the exception of emergency and urgent care situations, through the end of March, 2020. I will be available for you and your family for emergency and urgent needs. Please call my personal cell phone if you have any questions or if you need an office visit. I am here for you.

After we have weathered this storm, we will be here to see that you continue to have the excellent care that you and your families deserve. We thank you for the trust that you place in our practice. We look forward to a long and healthy relationship in the future.

My cell phone number: 843-224-0517

To Your Good Oral and Systemic Health!

- Dr. John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD

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