Tooth decay often occurs on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The good news is that sealants can help protect these surfaces from tooth decay and improve your chances to stay filling-free. What causes tooth decay? Your teeth are coated with a sticky film of bacteria called plaque (pronounced PLACK). The bacteria convert the sugars you eat and drink into acids that attack the strong, outer layer of your tooth, called enamel. Over time, this can weaken the enamel and cause cavities. What is a sealant? A sealant is a material applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, which have deep pits and grooves. The material flows into these pits and grooves and then hardens. Once your teeth are sealed, food and plaque cannot get in. The sealant forms a barrier against acid attacks. How are sealants applied? Your teeth are cleaned and the chewing surfaces are prepared to help the sealant stick to your teeth. The sealant is painted onto the chewing surface where it bonds to your tooth and hardens. Sometimes a special light is used to help the sealant harden. It usually takes only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Tooth groove Toothbrush bristle Sealants Quick Reference Even a toothbrush bristle is too big to reach inside a groove in the tooth (magnified). Chewing surface of a molar before a sealant is applied. Image ©Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Chewing surface of a molar protected by a sealant. Image courtesy of Dr. Adam Francois. Prevention W510 W276 Handling Your Child’s Dental Emergency When a dental emergency happens, there’s no time to waste. This handy mini-brochure: Advises parents on what to do for an avulsed or broken tooth, bitten tongue or lip, object caught between teeth, toothache or possible broken jaw Stresses the need for speed when a permanent tooth is knocked out W147 Mini-brochure, 5.875” x 3”, 100 per pack PERSONALIZE IT! DAB016 Prices on page 94 Personalized version is a standard-sized 6-panel brochure. PACKS MEMBER RETAIL 1 $35.00 $52.50 2–9 $29.75 $44.65 10+ $26.25 $39.35 Mouthguards and Sports Safety This brochure highlights the essential role mouthguards play in helping to prevent mouth and jaw injuries. Covers how to find a guard that fits—including at-home options that earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance Reviews how to take care of appliance and considerations for patients with orthodontia Drives home the point that the best mouthguard is one that fits comfortably and correctly W510 6 panels, 50 per pack PACKS MEMBER RETAIL 1 $28.00 $42.00 2–9 $23.80 $35.70 10+ $21.00 $31.50 Sealants Quick Reference Card Easily explain how sealants can protect teeth and prevent decay with this two-sided card. Details what a sealant is and how it is applied Includes before-and-after photos of sealant application Use the blank lines on the back to add your own message W276 Two-sided card, 100 per pack PACKS MEMBER RETAIL 1 $35.00 $52.50 2–9 $29.75 $44.65 10+ $26.25 $39.35 82 ORDER BY PHONE: 800.947.4746
Previous Page Next Page