Do you know what a dental sealant is?
A dental sealant is a liquid plastic material that hardens to form a shield over the chewing surfaces of the teeth. It is applied to decay-prone surfaces of the teeth, usually the back molars and pre-molars.
Why get sealants?
Sealants keep out the germs and food that cause tooth decay. Food and germs can get stuck in rough, uneven surface areas where toothbrush bristles cannot reach. Germs in the mouth change the sugar in food to acid that can start a cavity in the tooth. Sealants prevent decay from ever starting.
Who should get sealants?
I recommend that children get sealants on their permanent molars and pre-molars as soon as the teeth come in, before decay has a chance to attack the teeth. Sealants also protect worn and sensitive surfaces on adult teeth.
How are sealants put on?
The tooth is cleaned, dried, and prepared for bonding with the sealant. When applied, the liquid sealant hardens in just a few seconds and is invisible to the naked eye.
As you can see, dental sealants are an enormously helpful preventative measure when it comes to protecting vulnerable teeth from cavities. It simply makes sense! If you or a loved one might be a candidate for dental sealants, get in touch with us so Dr. Hunt can take care of you! We hope this has helped give you a better understanding of the benefits of dental sealants. If you have a question, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or give us a call.
Dr. Terry Hunt
1690 Wright Avenue
Rocky River, Ohio 44116