Protecting Teeth with Dental Sealants
What are dental sealants? How long have they been around? Are they effective? Dental sealants are a modern marvel; they have been around since the 1970s and have a long proven track record of effectively preventing cavities in pearly whites.
Brushing and flossing are the tools to keep out food particles and sticky film (plaque) from the smooth surfaces of your teeth. But, bristles on a toothbrush can’t clean the pits and fissures on the molars. Unfortunately, this makes them havens for harmful bacteria, sticky plaque and acids. Molars are hard to reach with a toothbrush and flossing them is even harder to do properly. This is where sealants come in: sealants coat the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars located in the back of the mouth which are easy candidates for cavities.
Sealant application is a simple procedure done in just one painless visit to your dentist. This liquid resin is painted onto the tooth enamel, bonding to the tooth as it hardens. The plastic resin can be clear, or white (tooth-colored) depending on what type of sealant is used.
In future dental visits the sealant will be checked to make sure that it is solid and not chipped or worn away. Sealants can last up to ten years with proper care. Typical candidates for sealants are children and teenagers, but adults who tend to be cavity prone may want to have sealants applied, as long as these molars are cavity and filling-free.
See one of our dentists at a location nearest you for any questions, or give our team a call at Lifepoint Dental Partners!