The sealants are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often.
How does a sealant help prevent decay?
Thorough brushing and flossing can help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth but dental sealants help protect the areas that are difficult to brush as toothbrush bristles can’t reach all the way into the depressions and grooves of the back teeth to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by keeping out unwanted plaque and food.
How are sealants applied?
Sealants are quick and easy for your dentist to apply and only take a few minutes to seal each tooth. Your dentist will give your teeth a clean before applying an acid solution to help roughen the chewing surfaces. The sealant is then painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and usually last several years before a reapplication is needed. During your regular dental visits, your dentist will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary.
Sealants are also for adults?
Children and teenagers are the obvious candidates for sealants, but adults can now benefit from this as well as they help to detect your those vulnerable areas that are difficult to clean such as those back teeth.
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