What is a Dental Sealant?
If you’ve ever examined the structure of a tooth, you may have seen that it has deep indentations, also known as fissures. Notoriously difficult to clean, these grooves are especially susceptible to decay, and the majority of cavities will begin in these troughs. A dental sealant is a thin, translucent protectant that coats the surface of the teeth, smoothing out the pits and making it easier to maintain good dental hygiene. At Pasadena Smile Center, we offer non-toxic, BPA-free dental sealant as an effort to uphold our holistic dentistry standards. By keep potentially harmful chemicals away from our beloved patients we can ensure that we can provide some of the best dental care in Pasadena.
But isn’t fluoride enough?
While the fluoride in many toothpastes and in dental cleanings does fortify the enamel of the teeth, it has a hard time penetrating those deeper ridges and fissures where food and bacteria love to hide. In short, fluoride is helpful, but it does not go far enough to protect your child’s teeth from decay.
Advantages of dental sealants at a glance:
- Easy, pain-free application
- Short treatment time
- Up to ten years of protection from cavities
- Makes the teeth easier to brush and floss
- Matches the tooth color for a natural look
- Safe for all ages
Most plastics contain a resin called Bisphenol A (BPA). There is some evidence that BPA is not healthy for children, and may affect their behavior, their brain chemistry, and their blood pressure. At present, BPA is banned by the FDA from being used in baby bottles and children’s cups.
While dental sealants do not traditionally contain BPA, some compounds used in the sealant may turn into BPA when making contact with saliva. The way to eliminate this risk is to carefully scrub and rinse the sealants once they are applied to the teeth. In this way, up to 95% of the BPA-leaning compounds can be eradicated.
Dr. Molayem is passionate about maintaining your child’s safety, and is careful to not only select holistic, bio-compatible, BPA-free materials throughout her practice, but to also scrub and meticulously rinse the dental sealants, eliminating all risk of compounds that might turn into BPA.