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Paul Mevoli, DMD | Sealants in St. Petersburg

Paul A. Mevoli, DMD

Wade W. Hancock, DMD

5415 Park Street N, Suite A

 St. Petersburg, FL 33709

(727)541-5606

Sealants

 

Sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth (molars). These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used in the chewing process, and are the most difficult to reach and clean. Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early.

To place a sealant an etchant is first applied to the teeth. The sealant is then placed over the etched tooth surface as a liquid, as if it is painted right onto the tooth. The liquid then is hardened with an LED curing light and creates a barrier between your tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria. Sealants last for about 10 years and can be reapplied if necessary.

Make sure not to eat anything sticky like bubble gum, sticky candies, and carmels as this can pull the sealant out of the tooth where it was placed.

 
 
St. Petersburg Dentist | Sealants. Paul Mevoli is a St. Petersburg Dentist.