In order to prevent cavities, it is important to maintain a good oral health regimen of brushing at least twice a day and flossing. Sometimes though, this regimen may not be enough to reach every nook and cranny of your teeth and gums. That’s where sealants and protective coatings come in handy.
A sealant is a thin, protective, clear or white coating that is applied to your teeth to protect them from cavity-causing bacteria. Sealants are great for children whose second back molars have come in. Sealants are a great way to avoid the decomposition of their teeth especially since they are still in the process of learning how to properly brush them at a young age. The protective coating keeps bacteria and food particles from getting stuck in the grooves of their teeth.
The process of coating teeth with sealant is quite simple and painless. First, your dentist will completely dry the tooth and or teeth and apply a gel in order for the sealant to stick to the surfaces of the tooth. Once the gel is rinsed off, the sealant will be applied onto the grooves of the teeth. Finally, your dentist will use a blue light to harden the sealant and seal it to the teeth.
Dental Sealants and Protective Coatings are a great choice for minors who are still developing and may not have the greatest oral health habits. We often recommend them for children between the ages of 8-14.
Sealants can help fight tooth decay for 5 to 10 years and will be checked regularly during visits. Sealants should not change the daily oral health routine and regular brushing and flossing are still vital. All in all, these protective coatings are another added layer of protection when it comes to cavities and tooth decay.
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