Facts About Dental Sealants

August 31, 2018 | By Molarbear

Tooth decay is a frequent problem for people of all ages. However, the group most susceptible to tooth decay and cavities are children. The preventative solution to this epidemic is dental sealants. Dental sealants are a type of coating used to protect teeth from cavities and other forms of tooth decay. They do this by coating the back molars with a protective film of plastic which shields the tooth from harmful bacteria. Here are some useful facts you should know about dental sealants.

7 Facts About Dental Sealants

  1. Sealants cannot be distinguished from the actual tooth itself.
  2. Dental sealants can prevent 80% of all cavities and tooth decay.
  3. A dental sealant is painted on the patient’s teeth and then sealed with a special curing light.
  4. There are non-plastic options of dental sealants made from varied materials.
  5. Sealants can last for up to ten years with proper care and maintenance.
  6. While sealants are designed for children, they can be applied to teenagers or adults if necessary.
  7. Dental sealants can easily be replaced if damaged, chipped or fractured.

Difference Between Dental Sealants and Tooth Fillings

The focus of dental sealants is the prevention of cavities, while tooth fillings are used to repair the damage already done by tooth decay. For a sealant to be placed effectively, they must be placed on molars which are cavity free.

When Should You Get Dental Sealants for Your Child

If your child constantly consumes sugary acids or doesn’t have the healthiest diet, then its best to get dental sealants installed as soon as the first set of permanent molars are grown in. The earlier the dental sealants are applied to the molars, the less the risk of cavities. As molars progressively begin to fill the back of the gum line more dental sealants may be installed.

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