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What are Dental Sealants and How do They Help Teeth?

Dental sealants are very common procedures that dentists use for making a protective layer over the teeth and prevent cavities. Here’s all that you must know about them.

How do Dental Sealants Work?

The food left on the teeth attracts bad bacteria and causes cavities by giving them the nutrition they need for surviving. Molars are especially at the risk of cavities as the naturally occurring pit can trap the food particles easily than other teeth. The protecting coating works to prevent cavities by sealing pits and fissures which occur naturally in molars.

Who can get Dental Sealants?

Most of the protective coating is applied to children when their adult molars erupt i.e. between the ages of 6 to 12. These are applied as a preventive measure for keeping the food particles out of pit and fissures in molars. Adults can also get the coating applied if the dentist finds them at risk of developing cavities.

What Kinds of Sealants are Popular? 

The coating is made of composite liquid resin which is cured by light or chemical exposure for adhering to the tooth. They contain a small amount of BPA but not enough to cause any harm. You get more exposure to BPA by touching a receipt or handling makeup powder than dental sealants.

How Long do Dental Sealants Last?

With proper oral care, the dental sealants can last for up to 10 years. However, during the dental appointments, the pediatric dentist will inspect the coating to see if they are holding up well. If it is not in working condition, the dentist will replace them as required.

Do Dental Sealants Hurt?

Application of sealants is a quick and painless process. There’s no need for drilling or scraping. The dentist will clean the tooth first and then apply a gel-bonding agent followed by the protective coating. Once it hardens, the dentist will clean any residue left on the tooth.

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Visit our office in Dalton if your child has sensitive teeth or is prone to cavities, he/she may need the protective coating.

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