Dental sealants are a thin, protective coating fabricated from plastic and applied on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to shield them against tooth decay and cavities. It is applied as a part of preventative dentistry and helps maintain the health of the teeth by lowering the risk of the formation of cavities and tooth decay.
At River Family Dentistry, we help safeguard our patients' teeth by offering preventative solutions like dental sealants to patients belonging to all age groups.
Though there are no substitutes for daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing, dental sealants can help reduce the risk of formation of cavities and prevent the initial stages of tooth decay from becoming severe.
Uses of Dental Sealants
- By covering the teeth, dental sealants help protect them against decay.
- Sealants fill up the deep grooves and pits present in the back teeth in the areas that are difficult to clean.
- By smoothing the surfaces of the teeth, dental sealants make cleaning them easy.
- Sealants prevent the accumulation of food debris between the teeth.
- The application of dental implants helps reduce the development of plaque and tartar.
- By preventing dental diseases, dental sealants help to prevent expensive dental treatments.
A dental sealant is applied to the chewing surfaces of the patient's molars and premolars to offer added protection against dental cavities. The deep fissures and pits on our back teeth are usually difficult to reach with the toothbrush's bristles during normal brushing and flossing. So, food debris and plaque can get stuck within these grooves, leading to the accumulation of harmful bacteria in the mouth. This may cause erosion of the enamel and lead to the development of cavities.
When applied to the teeth, dental sealants fill up the pits and grooves, thus making the brushing process easier and prevent the formation of cavities and tooth decay.
In short, dental sealants act as a physical barrier that protects the teeth from the buildup of bacteria and provides a smooth finish to the teeth.
How Often Should Dental Sealants Be Checked?
Dental sealants that are applied to the surface of the teeth are subjected to persistent chewing forces, leading to the wear and tear of the sealants after some time. Hence, it is important to check them regularly to ensure that they are correctly intact, performing their job.
Damaged or excessively worn-out dental sealants can trap bacteria underneath the sealant, leading to tooth decay and cavity. To prevent this, ensure that you visit your dentist at least once every six months to check them. If the implants are not in perfect condition, they need to be reapplied to add dental protection and prevent cavities and tooth decay.
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