Are dental sealants right for you?
To find out, check with your dentist.
What are dental sealants
Dental sealants are a special type of synthetic material, generally a plastic, which is placed over the teeth.
Who is suited for dental sealants
Those best suited for dental sealants are between the ages of 6 to 14.
However, adults who have no cavities or tooth decay can also take advantage of dental sealants.
How do dental sealants help good oral health
Dental sealants help with good oral health by coating the tooth of kids and teenagers by covering the back molars and premolars to prevent tooth decay.
The sealant will fill little spaces and crevices to help prevent food particles from becoming lodged in those places causing decay.
How are dental sealants applied?
The procedure of applying dental sealants is painless.
The steps include:
- A thorough cleaning of the teeth
- The teeth are then dried
- A special solution is applied to the chewing area of the teeth that makes them rough which helps the sealant stick to each tooth
- Then the teeth are rinsed and dried again
- The sealant is applied and allowed to dry
As you can see it is a painless procedure which helps keep food particles out of the spaces and crevices of the tooth to stop decaying from happening.
How long will sealant last?
Dental sealants can last up to ten years but it is important that you have regular dental checkups and the dentist can spot any areas that have chipped or become thin.
If that is the case the sealant can be reapplied.
Dental sealants do not mean you do not have to do your regular dental hygiene of brushing and flossing.
So if you are interested in stopping cavities check on sealants for teeth Markham.