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What are Dental Sealants and What Do They Do

Posted on 3/20/2023 by Classic Smiles
What are Dental Sealants and What Do They DoKeeping your teeth and gums healthy and clean requires daily brushing and flossing to help prevent cavities. It can be difficult to clean every nook and cranny of the back teeth or molars to remove food debris and plaque. The bristles on a toothbrush cannot always reach deep into the grooves of your teeth. Leftover food in your mouth can start a chain reaction that can weaken your teeth's enamel covering, leaving you in danger of tooth decay. Dentists often recommend dental sealants to protect the teeth against cavities and the effect of bruxism, which can lead to decay and eventual loss.

What are Dental Sealants

Sealants are an effective and safe way to protect your teeth from decay. They are thin layers of plastic that are applied directly to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. They help prevent cavities by providing a shield from food particles and plaque.

Application of Sealants

Applying dental sealant is a quick, easy, and painless process. A dentist will thoroughly clean the teeth that are to be sealed and dry them. An acidic solution is then applied to the surface of your back teeth to roughen up the enamel, which helps the sealant bond to the teeth. After rinsing and drying the tooth, the sealant is painted onto the teeth and quickly hardened with a special curing process.

How Dental Sealants Work

A dental sealant creates a proactive covering over your teeth. This covering keeps bits of food out from the uneven surfaces and crannies of your teeth. Dental sealants also prevent bacteria and acid from settling on the surface of your teeth. They can protect the teeth from decay for many years, but they need to be checked for chipping or wearing regularly during routine checkups. To get more details regarding dental sealants, consult our dentist today.

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