General dentists recommend dental sealants when individuals are looking to protect their teeth against cavities. Cavities can lead to tooth decay, which can result in loss or the need for replacement. Dental sealants are an easy and painless way to protect the teeth so that they remain healthy and strong. Ready to find out more?Outlined…
Dental Sealants Are Always a Good Preventative Measure
Dental sealants are always a good preventative choice for you or your children to act as protection against decay for your teeth. If your teeth are susceptible to decay or your children are still learning proper oral hygiene practices, we encourage you to explore dental sealants as an extra preventative measure. Continue reading to learn more as we answer questions concerning dental sealants.
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are plastic-like coatings placed on the chewing surface of the molars that receive the most use. Dental sealants are used to form a hardened shield over teeth that will act as extra protection against cavities.
Is the process of applying dental sealants complicated?
No, the process is actually very simple. First, we clean and dry the teeth and then apply cotton around them so they stay dry. We will then apply a chemical solution that will gently roughen the surface of the teeth for an easier and more secure dental sealant application. Once the solution has done its job, we will apply the dental sealant in a liquid form that allows it to seep into every crevice of your teeth. We will then allow the sealant to harden before you leave. After this quick process, your dental sealant will be securely in place for up to 10 years. When it wears off, a dental sealant can easily be reapplied.
Who needs dental sealants?
It is best for children to get dental sealants when their first permanent molars come in. This normally occurs between ages five and seven. You can receive more dental sealants as more molars come in around age 11 or 12. Adults and teens can also opt for dental sealants as a preventative measure if their teeth are prone to getting cavities.
Can dental sealants also be applied to baby teeth?
In some cases, it is a good idea to have dental sealants applied to baby teeth. Baby teeth often have deeper crevices that are more prone to decay. Baby teeth hold space for future permanent teeth, so it is important to protect these teeth as well.
Can I use anything else in addition to dental sealants as extra protection for teeth?
You should brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss regularly. Most water has fluoride in it, which is important to drink. If your water is not fluoridated, we can provide you and your children with a fluoride treatment to help protect their teeth. Fluoride can be used even if dental sealants are present. Fluoride is a great preventative measure because it helps your teeth rebuild and remineralize more quickly. It can also repair small cavities before they turn into bigger cavities that need fillings.
If you are interested in receiving dental sealants for you or a child's teeth, or you would just be interested in learning about the process and how it can help you, visit our office. We will provide you with a variety of necessary preventative dental services to help you maintain healthier teeth and gums for life.
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