Do you want to keep your teeth healthy and prevent cavities? If so, you may benefit from dental sealants, a simple and effective way to protect your teeth from harmful bacteria and acids.
Dental sealants are thin coatings of a flowable resin that are applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth (molars and premolars). These surfaces have deep grooves and pits that can trap food and plaque, making them hard to clean. Over time, this can lead to tooth decay and cavities.
Dental sealants fill in these grooves and pits, creating a smooth surface that is easy to brush and floss. Dental sealants act as a barrier against bacteria and acids, preventing them from damaging your enamel and causing cavities.
The application of dental sealants is a quick and painless procedure that can be done in our office. Here are the steps involved:
The whole process will take about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how many teeth need to be sealed.
Dental sealants are most commonly recommended for children and teenagers, especially when their permanent molars erupt. This is because these teeth are more prone to decay and cavities than other teeth. Dental sealants can protect these teeth from the start and prevent future problems.
However, dental sealants are not only for kids. Adults can also benefit from dental sealants if they have healthy teeth that have no fillings or decay. Dental sealants can help prevent new cavities from forming on the back teeth, which are harder to reach and clean.
Some insurance plans may cover dental sealants for adults as well as children. Check with your insurance provider to see if you are eligible for this benefit.
Dental sealants can last for several years with proper care and maintenance. However, they may wear off or chip over time due to normal chewing and biting. Therefore, it is important to visit our office regularly for check-ups and cleanings. We will examine your sealants and repair or replace them if needed.
You should also continue to practice good oral hygiene habits at home, such as brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and rinsing with mouthwash. Avoid biting on hard foods or objects that may damage your sealants or your teeth. Eat a balanced diet that is low in sugar and acidic foods and drinks.
Dental sealants are a safe and effective way to prevent tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth. They have many benefits, such as: