Brushing and flossing are some of the most effective ways to help prevent cavities, but it’s not always easy to clean every nook and cranny of your teeth. Luckily, there’s another safety net to help keep your teeth clean and free of tooth decay: dental sealants. Keep reading to learn all about this useful dental procedure.
Dental Sealant Facts – Dr. Claudio Miro
There are many interesting facts about dental sealants that help demonstrate why they play such an important role in your dental health.
3 facts about sealants:
- Sealants lower the risk of tooth decay by nearly 80%.
- School-age children without sealants have almost 3x more cavities than children with sealants.
- Despite its importance, only 43% of children ages 6-11 have sealants.
Benefits of Dental Sealants – Dr. Claudio Miro
Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are placed on the surface of your teeth, specifically your molars and premolars.
3 benefits of sealants:
- Protect teeth from tooth decay.
- Prevent cavities.
- Maintain excellent oral and overall health.
Stop cavities in their tracks by sealing out tooth decay with dental sealants!
While there’s no substitute for brushing and flossing, but sealants can keep cavities from forming and can even stop early stages of tooth decay from becoming a full-blown cavity by protecting vulnerable parts of your teeth. Check out the tabs below to find out who can get them, how they work, and how long they last.
Both children and adults can benefit from getting dental sealants, but the earlier that you get sealants, the better. Try to seal your molars as soon as the come in (first molars appear around age 6 and second molars break through around age 12) in order to keep them free of cavities from the start. This sill help you save for time and money in the long run.
Dental sealants are basically raincoats for your teeth. When cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth meets with leftover food particles, they produce acids that can create holes (cavities) in your teeth. Sealants keep the bits of food out and stops bacteria and acid from setting on your teeth. As a result, dental sealants seal out tooth decay and cavities.
Sealants can help protect teeth from decay for up to 10 years, however they need to be checked for chipping and wearing during regular dental check-ups. Proper care and maintenance can help your sealants last as long as possible. If necessary, your dentist can always place a new dental sealant on your tooth.
Applying Sealants: Step 1
First the teeth that are to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned. Each tooth is then dried and cotton or another absorbent material is put around the tooth to keep it dry.
Applying Sealants: Step 2
An acid solution is put on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to help the sealant bond to the teeth. The teeth are then rinsed and dried.
Applying Sealants: Step 3
Lastly, the sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. Occasionally, a special curing light is used to help the sealant harden.