The best way to prevent cavities
is to brush and floss, however, it is hard to clean every inch of your teeth, especially those back teeth you use to chew (called molars). These molars are rough and uneven, a perfect place for cavity-causing bacteria to hide. That's why dental sealants are an alternative treatment that helps keep teeth clean. Sealants lower the risk of tooth decay
by nearly 80% in molars.
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants use plastic coatings on the surface of the permanent back teeth to protect them from decay.
Why are dental sealants placed on teeth? The coating blocks the tooth
from plaque, debris that causes cavities. The molars and premolars have grooves called fissures. As grooves are hard to clean they are more likely to decay. Plaque accumulates in the molars and premolars and the bacteria present infects the tooth enamel. Fluoride
from the dental sealants protects the surfaces of the teeth.
Do dental sealants have any side effects?
Dental sealants have no adverse effects, and allergic reactions are rare. However, talk to the dentist about any allergies so they can take the best possible course of action.
Who can get sealants?
Sealants are beneficial to both adults and children
. The first molars appear at age six, and the second molars breakthrough at age twelve. You can seal the teeth of children by using dental sealants, this helps save time and money in the long run. Consult the dentist to check whether using sealants are a good option for you and your family.
How do you use dental sealant?
First, the tooth is cleaned with a paste, brushed, and rinsed with water. The dentist then applies an acidic solution to the fissured area. The solution creates a rough surface around the tooth enamel and enables the sealant to get attached to it. Once it is dried, the sealant turns into a hard plastic varnish coating.
Can you place sealants on cavities?
On the onset of tooth decay, use sealants to prevent further damage. Some transparent sealants can help the dentist to keep an eye on the teeth to check if the treatment is working.
How long do sealants last?
Sealants may last for a few months to years; during your routine dental visit, inquire if there's a need to re-apply.
If you think that you might need dental sealants, the next step is to have a consultation with a dentist. We help protect your teeth from cavities and make sure you've got that beautiful and healthy smile. Book an appointment today for a cavity-free smile.