Dental sealants are made up of plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back molars. Sealants are used in order to protect the teeth from decay and to make them smoother and easier to keep clean. Sealants can be a great way to make sure that your teeth remain healthy and protected from bacteria.
The chewing surfaces of the back molars contain deep grooves and fissures that are a perfect place for bacteria and plaque to hide which often leads to cavities and decay. These areas can be difficult to clean with regular brushing and flossing. Dental sealants are used to provide extra protection.
Sealants have been helping keep teeth protected for many years. This liquid sealant material is painted on to the teeth and hardened with a dental curing light. The process is fast and painless and can usually be completed during a regular checkup. The use of dental sealants is beneficial for patients of all ages but most often recommended for children who might not have the best oral hygiene techniques at a young age. Dental sealants can also be placed on adults who need extra protection.
Dental sealants are not used in place of healthy oral practices. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day are needed in order to make sure your teeth remain healthy. Regular visits to our office are also essential.
If you think that dental sealants may benefit you or your child, schedule an appointment at the Pro Dental Care location near you.