Applying dental sealants is a simple and painless process. It takes only a few minutes for the dentist or hygienist to apply the sealant to each cavity-susceptible tooth. The application steps are as follows: First the teeth that are going to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned. Each tooth is then dried, and cotton or another absorbent material is placed beside the tooth to prevent moisture from reaching the tooth (tooth must stay dry for the sealant to bond well). A safe acid solution, which we call tooth shampoo, is then put onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth to create a rougher surface, and ultimately create a stronger, longer lasting sealant. The teeth are then rinsed and dried. The sealant is then painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens using a special curing light. For girls, we say we’re painting the tooth so it can be beautiful. For boys, the sealant is the tooth’s armour, making it stronger and better than ever before.