Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings designed to cover and protect the teeth. They are often used to prevent tooth decay and cavities. A sealant is applied to the surface of the tooth, where it bonds and hardens. Dental sealants can last up to 10 years, but they should be checked regularly to make sure they do not chip or wear down.
Benefits of Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are applied to the teeth. These coatings help to prevent tooth decay. Dental sealants are usually applied to the tops of the back teeth and to the surface of the chewing surfaces of the molars.
Dental sealants are made of plastic and bond to the teeth. The plastic material helps prevent food particles from getting stuck between the teeth and causing tooth decay. Once applied, dental sealants can last for many years and will need to be reapplied as needed.
What Are Sealants Made Of?
Many dental sealants are made of plastic resin and are applied on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. Any plastic resin used is BPA-free. Some sealants are even made of glass ionomer. These sealants release fluoride and help protect teeth from acid erosion. No matter what type of dental sealant is used, it bonds to the tooth enamel, forming a protective layer over the tooth surface.
When Are Sealants Recommended?
Sealants are recommended for children as soon as their adult molars grow in. That’s because tooth decay (cavities) can first start forming on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, which are still developing in young children.
When an adult molar is fully formed, the chewing surface is less susceptible to decay.
How Are Dental Sealants Placed?
Dental sealants are a quick, simple solution for protecting your child’s teeth. The tooth-colored material is applied onto the chewing or biting surfaces of your child’s molars, where tooth decay is most likely to occur. Sealants are applied quickly in the dentist’s chair because they’re only applied to the surfaces of teeth that touch.
Are Dental Sealants Safe?
Dental sealants are a safe preventative treatment for children (and adults) who are prone to cavities. However, sealants are not recommended for people who have untreated tooth decay or deep pits and grooves in their teeth. This is because the sealant can actually make cavities worse by trapping bacteria in these areas.
How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?
Dental sealants generally last around five years, but they may last much longer. The life of dental sealants depends on a number of factors, including how well you take care of them. If you regularly practice good oral hygiene, including brushing your teeth and flossing, your dental sealants should last.
When you brush your teeth, be sure to brush over the dental sealants, being careful not to cause damage to them. If you notice your dental sealants are chipping or cracking, talk to your dental hygienist.
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