The top two ways to help prevent cavities are with brushing and flossing, but it can be quite difficult to attain a top-notch clean. In fact, it’s a common error when brushing for people to miss their molars. Molars are the teeth in the back of your mouth that we use to chew, they’re rough, uneven, and a spot where leftover food and bacteria like to hide.
But, there is a safeguard to help keep those teeth protected and clean. This is known as a ‘sealant’. Sealants are thin coats painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth (usually the premolars and molars) to prevent tooth decay. Now, there is no replacement for brushing or flossing, but sealants can prevent cavities from forming and may even stop beginning stages of decay from developing into a cavity. Sealants have in-fact been shown to reduce the chance of decay in molars by almost 80 percent!
You may have a few questions about sealants and we have the answers! Continue reading to learn more about Sealants.
Who Can Get Sealants?
Sealants can be beneficial for both children and adults, but it’s preferred that you get them early on. Sealing your molars as soon as they poke through can help to keep them cavity-free from the very beginning, in the long run not only does it save you time, but it also saves you money.
How Are Sealants Applied?
If you’re afraid of lengthy and painful procedures, you don’t need to worry, applying sealants are fast and painless. To begin, your dentist will clean and dry the tooth/teeth that the sealant is being applied. Secondly, your dentist will then apply an acidic gel to your tooth/teeth. This gel will rough up the tooth surface constructing a strong bond between your tooth and the sealant to form. After allowing the gel to sit on your tooth for a few seconds, your dentist will rinse off the gel and dry your tooth once more before applying the sealant onto the grooves of your tooth.
Can Sealants Be Placed Over Cavities?
Sealants are able to be placed over early decay preventing any further damage to your tooth. Being that some sealants are clear, this helps your dentist look after your tooth to make sure the sealant is accomplishing its job.
Young and Polite Children’s Dentistry provide dental sealants. If you think your child may benefit from having dental sealants placed, make sure to ask your dental provider at your child’s next routine dental appointment.