What are dental sealants? Dental sealants are a modern marvel, having been around since the 1970’s and proven effective in preventing cavities in your precious pearly whites.
Brushing and flossing are your tools to keep out food particles and a sticky film called “plaque” from the smooth surfaces of your teeth. Problems arise when the bristles of your toothbrush can’t clean the pits and fissures on the molars. This make them havens for harmful bacteria, sticky plaque and destructive acids.
Dental sealants coat the chewing surfaces of teeth, specifically the molars and premolars located in the back of the mouth which traps oral debris and making them prime targets for cavities. Molars are hard to reach with a toothbrush and flossing them is even harder to do properly. This is where sealants can come in to work their magic.
The Power of Sealants
–Typical candidates for sealants are children and teenagers, but adults who tend to be cavity prone may want to have sealants applied, as long as these molars are free from cavities or fillings. S
–Sealants are easily applied in just one painless visit to your dentist.
–A liquid resin is painted onto the tooth enamel, bonding to the tooth as it hardens. The plastic resin can be tinted, clear, or white depending on what type of sealant is used.
–Sealants are created to withstand the pressure of chewing.
–In future dental visits the sealant will be checked to make sure that it is not chipped or worn away. With proper care and maintenance, sealants can last up to ten years.
See Dr. Leyde if you have any questions or concerns about sealants, or give our team at Professional Dental Care a call at 206-546-8377 today!