Dental Sealants

It is commonly known that the teeth in the back of the mouth are more difficult to reach when brushing and flossing. Moreover, since they are used for chewing, food particles are very likely to be trapped in between the teeth without being noticed. Teeth in the back of the teeth have many crevices and are generally more likely to develop decay. Dental sealants are a clear material used by dentists to fill the grooves of healthy back teeth in order to prevent them decaying.

Initially, dental sealants were only applied in treatment of children. However, it is becoming increasingly popular as a prevention method for adults. The application of sealants onto the dental surface is simple, quick and does not cause any discomfort. However, it is very important to ensure that the dental surface is completely dry and the tooth is free from any bacteria or saliva just before applying the sealant. Sealants are initially a liquid substance, but once applied they solidify within a few seconds. Dental sealants can last as long as 15 years, but it is advised to ask a dentist to evaluate the condition of the sealants and see if they need to be reapplied.

Sealants are an effortless and efficient way to stop the formation of decay, but good oral hygiene will still be needed after the procedure. The patient should keep brushing and flossing regularly and visit a dental care specialist for checkups.

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