What Are Sealants
Our teeth play an important role in our lives, and we need to make sure that we keep them protected. Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. It is difficult for your toothbrush to get in-between the small cracks and grooves on your teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Protection from tooth decay is important and that’s where dental sealants come into play.
The availability of dental sealants allows for more effective protection than ever before. When properly applied to the teeth, dental sealants are very effective in protecting the tooth surfaces from cavities. Let’s take a look…
How Does A Sealant Help Prevent Decay?
As we already know, dental sealants protect your tooth enamel from the bacteria and acids that cause decay. Brushing and flossing twice a day does help to remove food particles and plaque from your teeth, but it does not reach into the teeth’s depressions and grooves. By utilizing dental sealants, we can help to protect those often-missed areas of your teeth from food and bacteria. Dental sealants are plastic resins that bond and harden in the deep grooves on your tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.
Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure against tooth decay after the permanent teeth have erupted. However, adults can also receive sealants on healthy teeth. It is more common to seal “permanent” teeth rather than “baby” teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and your dentist will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.
Sealants last from three to five years, but it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from their childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your sealants come off, let your dentist know, and schedule an appointment for your teeth to be re-sealed.
The use of dental sealants in Kent WA are extremely safe for your teeth and overall health. Contact our dental office to learn more about sealants and to find out if this is a solution for protecting your smile. It is up to your Kent dentist to decide if dental sealants are the right choice for your teeth.
Seablue Dental Office FAQ
Everyone’s needs are different, so have a chat to your dentist about how often you need to have your teeth checked by them based on the condition of your mouth, teeth and gums. It’s recommended that children see their dentist at least once a year.
Regular checkups keep you updated with your oral health and help diagnose and timely treatment of any problems developing in your tooth or gums or oral tissues.
You dentist will conduct an exam and x-rays at your dental visits and educate you about your oral health.
Regular brushing and flossing after every meal should keep the food particles from depositing in crevices of your tooth and hence keeps the harmful bacteria causing the tooth decay in check.
If there is a medical emergency or life threatening condition, call 911 or go to nearest ER.
Sometimes. Contact us for a consultation.