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On June 3, the Department of Health made a statement that dental offices can resume seeing all patients for all (emergency and routine) care. In an effort to make Baccellieri Family Dentistry the safest environment we can, we have made some changes over the last few months.


What improvements have we made to further eliminate virus transmission?


•  UV lighting was installed in the ventilation to kill 99% of germs and viruses.
•  In addition to following OSHA guidelines for cleaning rooms, we use an HOCl fogger to disinfect the environment between patients in treatment rooms and used periodically in open spaces.
•  Staff members use additional Personal Protective Equipment (sterile gowns, shields, hair coverings) along with the typical sterile gloves and KN95 masks they have always worn.
•  We installed plastic barriers at check-in and check-out for your safety while talking to front desk staff.


What to expect when you come in for an appointment?


•  You will be asked to wear a mask or face covering into the office, wearing at all times except while you are being treated.
•  At entry, you will be asked to use hand sanitizer, a staff member will take your temperature (no contact / forehead) and do a brief screening for illness.
•  The waiting room is arranged so that the recommended 6 foot social distancing is in effect.


We are excited to see our patients again and help maintain those healthy smiles!

Dental Sealants


Young boy smiling with healthy teethSometimes, the best way to maintain the cosmetics of your smile is to prevent potential problems. At Baccellieri Family Dentistry, we offer dental sealants to protect teeth from decay, which in turn, preserves the aesthetics of your smile.

What Are Dental Sealants?


A dental sealant is a plastic shield that is typically placed on the occlusal (biting) surface of permanent teeth in the posterior region of the mouth. These teeth, the molars, and premolars possess deep grooves and fissures that are difficult to clean. In fact, some of these grooves are so narrow they cannot be penetrated by the bristles of a toothbrush.

A dental sealant provides extra protection for these grooves by smoothing out the occlusal surface, making it much easier to clean. It also seals out the harmful bacteria that result in tooth decay. These bacteria are found in plaque, which can build up relatively fast in these deep areas, especially without proper brushing and flossing. Sealants prevent the acids produced by bacteria from attacking the enamel.

Who Qualifies for Dental Sealants?


The molars and premolars are particularly difficult to clean for children and teenagers. Patients in this age range are normally at a greater risk for developing tooth decay. This makes children and teenagers the ideal candidates for dental sealants.

We typically recommend sealants as soon as their molars and premolars erupt above the gumline. In this way, dental sealants can safeguard your child’s oral health, and establish a strong foundation that will follow them into adulthood. However, it is important to note that dental sealants are not a substitute for good oral hygiene practices.

Proper brushing and flossing techniques are the best way to reduce your child’s risk of developing tooth decay. Be sure they are brushing their teeth at least twice a day, especially after meals and before bed. Flossing once a day is also a crucial part of your child’s oral health.

While children are the prime candidates for dental sealants, adults can also benefit, especially those at a greater risk for developing tooth decay. Risk factors include poor oral hygiene, genetics, diet, and certain medications. As long as you do not have existing decay or restorations, you could qualify for dental sealants.

The Application of Dental Sealants


During the application of dental sealants, we first thoroughly clean and wash the tooth with a special paste and rotating brush. Next, we rinse the tooth with water. Once the tooth is completely dry, we use an acidic solution on the grooved areas to create a rough exterior. A rough surface allows the sealant to better adhere to the tooth. The sealant is then placed over the occlusal surface in liquid form. Next, we use an ultraviolet curing light to harden the material in place. After the sealant is hard, it transforms into a plastic varnish coating that can withstand the pressures of your bite.

Once a sealant is in place, it can protect a tooth from decay for upwards of ten years. We may ask you to schedule a follow-up appointment so we can monitor the sealant. We may suggest a replacement sealant due to standard wear and tear.

Schedule an Appointment


If you would like to learn more about the dental sealant process, call 610-444-0208, and schedule an appointment!
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