sealants

What are sealant?

* Sealants, are thin resin coatings painted on the chewing surface of the back teeth..

* Getting sealants put on is simple and painless.

* Sealants are painted on as a liquid and quickly harden to form a shield over the tooth.

* Sealants are clear or tinted.
*By covering the chewing surfaces of the teeth, sealants keep out the bacteria that cause decay.

Why are sealant important?

The chewing surfaces of back teeth are rough and uneven because they have small pits and grooves. Bacteria can stay in the pits and grooves for a long time because toothbrush bristles cannot brush them away
Bacteria in the mouth use our food and create acid. The acid can eat a cavity in the tooth. Once there is decay inside the tooth, it has to be cleaned out by drilling and then the tooth has to be filled. Of course a healthy tooth is the best tooth. So it is important to prevent decay. That’s why sealants are so important.
Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in — before decay attacks the teeth. Teenagers and young adults without decay or fillings in their molars also may get sealants.
*Sealants can last up to 10 years. But they need to be checked at regular dental check-ups to make sure they are not chipped or worn away. Over time, sealants can be damaged or worn through chewing and through the abrasive effects of chewing sticky foods, crunchy candy or ice cubes. The dentist can repair sealants by adding more sealant material.

 

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