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Maria Hoekstra, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.
Jacqueline Anderson, D.D.S.
Thomas E. Anderson, D.D.S.

616-399-9520

Our Office Hours are:

Monday: 8am-5pm
Tuesday: 8am-5pm
Wednesday: 8am-5pm
Thursday: 8am-5pm
Friday: 7am-1pm

Sealants

With the help of dental sealants, preventing tooth decay can become even easier. To supplement your regular routine of brushing and flossing, our office recommends the application of a coat of plastic material, called a sealant, on the top surfaces of your teeth. This plastic coating creates a barrier between your teeth and the decay causing bacteria that live in plaque.

Sealants are most effective in reducing cavities in children with newly formed permanent teeth. They are useful in cutting down formation of decay in adult teeth, as well. This is an effective way to reduce the need for fillings and more extensive treatment that may be required to repair the damage from cavities, so sealants can even save you time and money in the long run.

How are sealants done?

First the surface of the tooth polished and the grooves are cleaned. Than a light etchant (an acidic liquid) is placed on the grooves of the teeth and rinsed off 20 second later. The tooth is dried and the clear resin is flowed on the grooves. The resin is than hardened by a special ultraviolet blue light causing the resin to act a permanent barrier.