Few oral health issues can be preempted or totally prevented. There are many factors involved in whether or not you get cavities or develop dental complications, including genetics and daily hygiene. Sealants can help prevent cavities, to preserve your smile for up to a decade!
What Are Sealants?
Sealants are a thin plastic coating painted onto the chewing surface of your teeth to prevent decay, particularly on premolars and molars. They can prevent cavities by bonding to the grooves of teeth where most decay begins – even more effective thanbrushing, flossing, and rinsing alone.
Sealants are most often used on children ages 6 through 14, when they are most vulnerable to cavities. They can also be used on adults who don’t have decay or fillings in their molars, or for babies with deep depressions and grooves in teeth, to preserve them as placeholders for adult teeth. In all cases, your dentist will determine if sealants are age-appropriate and will tailor the treatment to each patient.
Applying Sealants is Quick and Painless
The best thing about sealants is the quick and painless application. In fact, there are four simple steps in the whole process:
- Cleaning – each tooth that is being sealed is cleaned to make sure the bond is as strong as possible.
- Prep – Once the teeth are clean, they are dried and surrounded by cotton to prevent saliva from getting the tooth wet. An acid solution is also applied to help the sealant bond to your teeth.
- Rinse and Dry – After the acid solution, one more rinse and dry is needed before the sealant application.
- Applying the Sealant – After the prep work, the sealants are applied. Your dentist or hygienist may also use a special curing light to help the sealants harden more quickly.
Sealants Can Stand the Test of Time
Few dental treatments are permanent and sealants are no different. But they can provide up to 10 years of protection – great for young children, babies and adults.
The best way to prolong the effectiveness of your treatment is regular dentist visits. They can check to see if your sealants are chipping or wearing, and replace them if needed.
Sealants Can Keep Your Smile Beautiful and Functional
Sealants are a simple treatment to prevent tooth decay and protect some of the most functional teeth in your mouth – a worthwhile investment for you and/or your children to keep healthy smiles for life.