How to prevent tooth decay
Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids.
Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach.
Easy to apply, sealants take only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed.
Children and adults can benefit from sealants in the fight against tooth decay.
How effective are dental sealants?
Dental sealants can cut the chances of getting a cavity by 80% and last for about a decade before needing to be reapplied.
Are dental sealants safe for children?
At an age when children love sugary treats, dental sealants can be a proactive way to protect kids permanent teeth from cavities and decay. It is a completely safe procedure that involves applying a resin material to the grooves of their molars. The material is hardened with a light that creates a durable seal to keep out unwanted bacteria. Worried about whats in the material? Technology has made advancements so that the sealant is made of materials that is safe for children.
Who should get dental sealants?
Any age can receive sealant on teeth without previous decay or fillings. But the best age to get dental sealants is during childhood. Children ages 6 to 14 are more prone to cavities than other ages. So, sealing permanent teeth as they come in is advantageous to avoid decay.
Are dental sealants the same as fillings?
No, they are not the same. Fillings are used to fill cavities and other areas already affected by tooth decay. Sealants are used to protect your teeth and prevent tooth decay to hopefully eliminate the need for fillings down the road.