Everything you need to know about dental sealants

Did you know that your molars are 45% more likely to develop cavities? Well, now you do. The teeth at the back of the jaw, molars, and premolars are meant for chewing. Their position and uneven surface makes them harder to clean and easier to get food stuck between. They are more likely to develop plaque, tooth decay, and cavities.

When you brush, these teeth are not cleaned properly. Plaque and bacteria start to grow on them. And the acids released from these infections erode your enamel and give rise to rotting teeth.

But despite, the unfortunate shape and position of your molars. They can be protected by the treatment mentioned further.

How to protect your teeth from plaque and cavities?

The solution to the high vulnerability of your molars developing decay is a dental sealant. Dental sealant is a plastic coating that is usually put over your chewing teeth. This coating protects your teeth from plaque, tooth decay, and cavities.

Dental sealant is one of the most effective preventive dental services. It is a quick and painless treatment that can protect your teeth for a decade. This coating protects the enamel of your teeth from being affected by plaque and other toxins.

If you are thinking about why you should get dental sealants, read further.

Why you should get dental sealants?

Dental sealants effectively protect your teeth from decay and cavities while being a quick and painless treatment. Other benefits of protective sealants are –

  1. One sealant coating can last up to 10 years and protect the rough teeth from decay and infection.
  2. It is a fast painless procedure that takes only a few minutes. Which is incomparable to the benefits it gives.
  3. It effectively protects the teeth from decay and infection which prevents a lot of unnecessary expenses.
  4. This procedure is highly effective in protecting the corners and crannies in the teeth which are difficult to clean and highly vulnerable to decay and infection.
  5. The teeth which are difficult to clean are vulnerable to getting stains and infections. Sealants protect them with great effectiveness.

Like the benefits? But if you are still afraid or anxious about the procedure, you don’t have to. The procedure is simple and quick, which is mentioned further.

What is the procedure for getting dental sealants?

The procedure for getting a sealant treatment is simple and fast. It takes only a few minutes for getting one tooth coated. Each coating can last up to 10 years and needs regular check-ups from dentists to make sure there are no cracks or damage.

The full procedure is as follows –

  1. The teeth that need to be sealed are cleaned properly. Any stains or plaque is completely removed.
  2. The teeth are then dried using cotton or another absorbent.
  3. An acid solution is applied to the teeth to make them rough, this facilitates the sealant in bonding with the teeth.
  4. The teeth are rinsed and dried.
  5. The sealant is painted on the teeth and it immediately sticks to the teeth and then hardens. Sometimes, a certain type of light is used to help the sealant harden.

Dental sealants have been proven to be effective since the 1970s. And when a part of your dental health is 45% more vulnerable, it is a great preventive dental service. Request an appointment at Westgate dental to get your protective sealants.

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