Sometimes, you cannot prevent your teeth from tooth decay and other dental issues even if you maintain proper oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing. Sadly, there is no single effective method that helps prevent tooth decay and maintain dental health. However, dental sealants are one proven treatment option that is minimally invasive, quick, and help protect teeth from dental problems when used in conjunction with regular cleanings and at-home care.
Dental sealants are translucent materials that are spread on your teeth on chewing surfaces to stop the formation and spread of cavities. They are usually used to cover the occlusal grooves on the surface of molars and premolars. Once sealants are applied to the teeth, they completely cover the occlusal grooves on the teeth surfaces, thus avoiding deposits of microbes in them while you consume food. This reduces the chances of developing tooth decay and cavities.
Dental sealants are made from tooth-colored acrylic; hence, it is not easy to distinguish them from natural enamel. Tooth sealants can be applied to children between the ages of 6 and 16 or once their six-year molars are developed. Once applied, dental sealants can help protect against 80% of cavities for two years and continue to protect against 50% of cavities for up to 4 years.
Dental sealants - procedure.
During the procedure, your dentist cleans the selected tooth first and paints the sealant onto the tooth enamel. It will harden and bond to the tooth surface and protects it from bacterial deposition and tooth decay. The application of dental sealants is a quick, painless, and safe in-office procedure.
How Do Sealants Work?
Dental sealants act as a protective layer for your teeth. When the cavity-causing bacteria that reside in our mouth meet the food debris left on our teeth, they produce acids that lead to tooth decay and cavities. Applying dental sealants helps keep these bits of food out and prevents bacteria and acid from settling on your teeth.
Are Dental Sealants Necessary?
If you wish to protect your teeth from cavities and tooth decay, dental sealants are essential. Many people have grooves present in their teeth where food particles can adhere. Even with regular brushing and flossing, the food remains may sit there, and the acids and bacteria in the mouth will continue to break them down, making the enamel more porous. This can lead to the development of cavities and tooth decay. Applying dental sealants to fill these grooves can make brushing more manageable and more effective.
After applying dental sealants on the teeth, it is important to check them regularly to ensure that they are still intact and serve their purpose. If the sealants are lost, they can be reapplied to ensure that the tooth is protected against decay.
Dental sealants are one important part of a child’s total preventive dental care.
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