Brushing twice a day does a good job of keeping bacteria out of the mouth, but I can’t always clean the hard to reach places. These places are located on the back teeth, the molars, which are made up of deep grooves and fissures. In order to create a barrier to keep bacteria from entering the molars, dental sealants can be placed. Dental sealants are thin coatings that are applied onto the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. Sealants can help keep your smile healthy and strong.
Dental sealants are applied in a quick and painless process. After cleaning the tooth, the dentist will place an acidic gel on its surface in order for it to roughen up enough to form a strong bond with the sealant. After a few seconds, the gel is washed off, and the sealant is applied to the grooves of the tooth. The dentist then uses a special blue light in order to make sure the sealant is placed and bonded properly.
Children benefit the most from dental sealants. Molars begin developing around age six, so protecting these teeth are extremely important. Children also do not always clean their teeth the best, and dental sealants can prevent them from developing cavities that could lead to further oral treatment. Even though children benefit the most from sealants, they are also successful amongst adults. Sealants have been shown to decrease the risk of decay in molars by nearly 80%.
Dental sealants help both children and adults from developing cavities and decay on their teeth. If you are interested in learning more about the application of dental sealants, give us a call at (732) 257-7675.