Brushing and flossing are excellent ways to prevent tooth decay and cavities. Dental sealants are another preventative measure to ensure healthy teeth. Dental sealants are a simple and effective way to protect teeth and prevent cavities in children, teens and adults.
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are made of a thin, plastic coating or resin which is then painted in the chewing surfaces of the teeth, molars and premolars. They act as a barrier to prevent cavities where decay occurs most often. While thorough brushing and flossing helps to remove food, acids and plaque from the surfaces of teeth, dental sealants provide an extra preventative measure for areas that may be difficult to reach or even missed by regular brushing and flossing.
Why are dental sealants important?
Sealants are an added preventative measure to withstand the effects of plaque and bacteria that build up on the teeth through normal day-to-day eating and drinking.
Because regular brushing often can’t reach into all of the teeth’s molar crevices, the thin resin material of dental sealants are used to fill in these grooves and fissures to protect those vulnerable areas to prevent food particles, plaque and bacteria from building up which could result in tooth decay and cavities.
Dental sealants are also an excellent option for young children and youth whose premolars and molars are still free from cavities. The sealants–applied at an early age when the molars are coming in–can act as an added prevention to brushing and flossing to keep teeth cavity-free as well as pain-free for years to come.
What should I expect when I see a dentist for dental sealants?
A dentist applies dental sealants to the teeth in a very short and simple procedure in the dental office.
Sealants can often be applied at the same visit as a cleaning, exam or other dental work. The dentist first will inspects the surfaces and grooves of the teeth to ensure no decay is present and cleans the teeth that will be sealed. An acidic solution is applied first to the teeth, which will help the sealant adhere then the dentist will “paint” the sealant on the tooth, which will harden as it bonds directly to the tooth. A special curing light is sometimes used to help the sealant harden.
Sealants protect teeth from bacteria, plaque and decay, as long as the sealant remains intact and undamaged, and usually last several years before another application is needed.
Sealant treatment is one of the most cost effective and simplest ways to prevent tooth decay. It is painless and is a quick in-office treatment. Furthermore, since insurance companies see the benefits for sealant, coverages of these procedures have increased considerably.
Talk to the professional offices of Rogers Family Dental, 801-225-7712, to see how dental sealants can benefit you for a more healthy and active lifestyle.