Dental Decay Prevention
Dental sealants are beneficial for your children’s teeth by helping prevent tooth decay! Your kids may brush and floss the way they are supposed to; teeth can still decay as some areas of teeth are harder to clean than others.
Dental decay often begins in the deep grooves found on the chewing surfaces of molars. Dr. Clauson may recommend pediatric dental sealants for your kids to give the extra help needed to prevent cavities in teeth.
Tooth sealants are painless to apply. Sealants are applied with a small brush or applicator and then are hardened with a special light. It is quick and easy!
The best time to get sealants for your youngster is when their permanent molars come in. Kids are stil learning how to brush their teeth properly; sealants aid in protecting teeth. Sometimes, Dr. Clauson may recommend sealants on baby teeth if they look like they are at risk of being lost due to excessive decay. Sealants can last up to 10 years or more.
Adults can benefit from sealants also. Some adults have a tendency to get cavities, no matter how much care they give their teeth. Ask Dr. Clauson how sealants can benefit you, too!
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Sealants: Another Way to Fight Cavities
The most effective method of fighting cavities is to floss and brush at least twice a day, but occasionally it can be hard to reach the entire surface of your teeth. This is especially true in the case of our molars, which reside in the deep depths of our mouths and act as a shelter for leftover food and bacteria. The good news is, dentists like Dr. Clauson offer sealants, which are thin, plastic coatings that are attached to your teeth where they hinder cavities and stop early stages of decay.
When the bacteria in your mouth meets leftover food, acids are produced. These acids can create eat into the enamel of your teeth, creating cavities. Sealants work by stopping food from getting wedged in those hard-to-reach spots while simultaneously keeping acid and bacteria off the surface of your teeth.
Considering that most of us get our first molars at six years old, the earlier sealants are administered, the better. By sealing our molars at an early age, they could remain cavity-free right from the beginning. And though you might consider them an expense, sealants are more like an investment. After all, having no cavities in your teeth means less money spent in the long-term.
Sealants aren’t just for children, however, and even adults can benefit from them. For adults who have already suffered from a minimal amount of tooth decay (which can be removed without anesthetic), a minor restoration using a preventative resin can offer similar protection.
The application process for sealants is quite simple. First, the dentist will clean the teeth the sealant will be placed on. Then she will administer an acidic gel, which forms a durable and strong bond between the sealant and the tooth to which it is being applied. After a quick rinse-and-dry, the dentist will apply the sealant and harden it with a special blue light.
After sealants are applied, they can last for several years before a dentist will need to replace them.
It’s important to remember that sealants are not an alternative to brushing your teeth. They only prevent cavities. To keep a healthy smile, you will still have to brush and floss regularly. However, if you discover that flossing and brushing are not enough to keep your teeth cavity-free, be sure to ask Dr. Clauson about sealants during your next visit.