Have you been considering getting dental sealants? If you’ve been on the fence about getting them, here are a few things to consider through your decision-making process.
A sealant is a clear plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. The reason for their application is due to the fact that most tooth decay happens on the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. The sealants are a sort of barrier that is used to protect these decay-prone portions of your teeth from plaque and acid.
Both adults and children will benefit from sealants. However, it is more common for children to receive sealants. When a child’s tooth is emerging, depressions and grooves form in the chewing areas of the enamel. These areas are almost impossible to clean. A dental sealant can help form a thin protective barrier over these deep areas to avoid plaque and food to begin forming decay in a child’s mouth.
The process for sealing your teeth is fairly simple. Your teeth are first cleaned and primed through an etching process so the sealant will stick to your teeth. Your teeth will be brushed with the sealant and then the sealant will need to be hardened. Some sealants require a special light to help them harden, and others do not require this step.
If you’re considering dental sealants for you or your child, contact our office today so we can get you on the right track to sealing out tooth decay.
Posted on behalf of Whispering Creek Dental