In basic terms, dental sealants are a type of thin plastic coating that is painted directly onto the chewing surface of the tooth.
In basic terms, dental sealants are a type of thin plastic coating that is painted directly onto the chewing surface of the tooth. It is most often applied to the back teeth as a way to reduce the chances of tooth decay. Sealants are unique for a number of reasons including the fact that they bond quickly and directly into the depressions and grooves commonly found on the chewing surface of teeth. This helps to create a protective layer over the enamel of each tooth, thereby reducing the chances of tooth decay.
While proper flossing and brushing will remove food particles and plaque from the surfaces of teeth, these dental home routines cannot always adequately clean all the nooks and crannies of the back teeth. This can result in tooth decay due to plaque and bacteria. Sealants are considered ideal when it comes to protecting vulnerable areas of the tooth from bacteria and decay. In essence, dental sealants keep out plaque and food so that teeth do not become subject to decay. Sealants are most commonly used as a way to protect molars and premolars in children and teenagers. That said adults benefit from sealants as well.
Dental sealants are frequently used for adults wishing to protect their teeth at any stage of life. Most dental care providers recommend applying dental sealants to children’s teeth once permanent molars and premolars have emerged. This is simply due to the fact that ages 6 to 14 are years when cavities are most prone to occur. As a note, there are some cases where dental sealants can even be applied to baby teeth to help with correct spacing so that permanent teeth emerge more properly spaced. Best of all, the application of sealants is a simple and painless procedure. Talk with your Elk Grove dental care provider, Dr. My Huynh at Laguna Park Dentistry today for more information.