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Dental Sealants for Cavity Prevention

Posted on 12/1/2023 by Weo Admin
Close up of a dental assistant applying a UV light to a white female patient's newly sealed teeth at Wilson Dentistry in Katy, TXDental sealants are a preventive dental treatment to reduce the risk of cavities in your molars and premolars. Sealants work to protect the chewing surfaces and shield them from food and germs.

What Are Dental Sealants?

These are protective coatings that are engineered with plastic. They are applied on chewing surfaces at the back of your teeth, such as molars and premolars. Remember that the deep grooves and pits can trap food particles and bacteria. The primary purpose of these sealants is to create a smooth surface on your teeth, which makes it easy to clean and less prone to accumulation of food debris and plaque.

Application of Dental Sealants

The first step before application of sealants is to clean your teeth thoroughly. The next step is to apply a mild acid solution on the chewing surfaces to create a rough surface. This will help promote better adhesion of the sealant. Next is sealant application on the teeth. A special light is used to harden the sealant in position and ensure durability.

Benefits of Dental Sealants

Sealants act as a barrier that helps prevent bacteria and food particles from settling in the pits and grooves of your teeth. This helps to reduce the risk of cavities. Another advantage of sealants is their suitability for all age groups. They can be applied to children and even adults. In children, they are applied to the permanent molars when they erupt. In adults, they are put in adults who are at a greater risk of cavities.

The process of application is relatively painless since it is non-invasive. It requires no drilling or removal of part of your tooth structure. Sealants are also relatively cost-effective and quite simple in managing cavities. Dental sealants can help minimize such risks and ensure your oral health is unquestionable if you feel you are at a higher risk of acquiring cavities. Visit our dentist today for more information.

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