Just like we use toothpaste to help us prevent gingivitis, there are tools to help us prevent cavities. This is what dental sealants are used for. They are a plastic material used on your teeth in order the help with the prevention of tooth decaying issues.
Dental sealants are usually applied to the back teeth, and typically with teens and kids but adults can receive them as well. It protects the top of the teeth, the chewing surface, from decay by shielding the tooth from germs and food. Here are some benefits and facts on dental sealants:
- They are painless: The entire process happens without pain. No drills or uncomfortable contraptions are used in the procedure.
- They are quick: Applying dental sealants requires the dentist to clean the tooth that is getting sealed, apply a special gel, and then the dental sealant itself. The sealant takes around a minute to harden.
- They can only be seen up close: Dental sealants are usually clear or white, so you won't have to worry about your friends or family noticing your newly acquired dental sealants. Unless they are poking around in your mouth, they will fail to see them.
- They last a while: Sealants can remain strong for up to 10 years, depending on your chewing and eating habits. Your dentist should check the sealants during your regular checkups to make an assessment of when you need to reapply the sealants.
Dental sealants are a great weapon in the fight against tooth decay. They are continually used to this day, meaning they are a safe, effective tool for your dental health. It is recommended to talk to your dentist at your next visit and see if dental sealants would be right for you. If you don't have a dental checkup scheduled or would like to inquire about dental sealants now, feel free to schedule a free consultation with Dr. John.