What are Dental Sealants?
Get all the facts about this preventive treatment that wards away cavities.
We all want to do our part to keep decay and cavities away. While brushing and flossing daily are certainly vital for a healthy mouth, there are other dental options like sealants that can provide a little extra protection against decay. However, before opting for dental sealants, find out more about this treatment and why your Chatham dentist thinks it’s important for your smile.
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are made from plastic and designed to cover over the chewing surfaces of your molars to prevent cavities and decay.
What is the purpose of dental sealants?
Even though you brush daily, there may still be spots in the back of your teeth that you can’t fully reach. It’s these hidden grooves that are common and popular breeding grounds for plaque and food. However, sealants protect these areas from bacteria and debris.
Who should get dental sealants?
Since decay can happen early on in life, we highly recommend that children and teenagers get dental sealants. However, this can also be an effective form of protection for adults, as well. After all, who doesn’t want to protect their teeth from cavities?
How do I get dental sealants and what does the process entail?
Getting dental sealants is completely painless and simple. Your Chatham dentist applies the sealant by painting it on your molars. Once painted on, the sealant will bond with the tooth’s enamel and begin to harden. Sealants are strong and durable and can standup to high chewing forces.
How long do dental sealants last?
While this may be a bit different from every patient, most sealants last several years before they need to be reapplied. Your dentist can check the quality of your sealants when you come in for routine checkups. As long as your sealants are undamaged, they will protect against decay and plaque.
Dental sealants are a wonderful preventive measure for protecting your smile. If you think you or your child could benefit from dental sealants, we would be happy to talk to you more about it during your next visit. Keep your beautiful smile healthy with this simple procedure.