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Purpose of a Dental Sealant
A dental sealant is used to keep teeth, especially molars, free of cavities. Your dentist will probably recommend it for your children when their permanent teeth come in. It is a simple procedure that drastically reduces the likelihood of decay by providing a barrier between destructive bacteria and the tooth enamel.
What is a Dental Sealant?
A dental sealant is a resin that is painted on the surfaces of your permanent molars. It helps fill in the nooks and crannies where food particles and bacteria can lurk. It also provides a protective coating. Your family dentist will probably recommend sealants for permanent molars as they emerge so they will be protected from decay.
The procedure to apply sealants is simple, and is performed in the dentist’s office. The dentist paints the sealant on the tooth, then “cures” it with a special light. After the procedure, you might have to avoid certain types of foods or beverages for the rest of the day. Ask your family dentist about appropriate aftercare so your sealants will be as effective as possible.
Why Have Sealants?
The main reason to have sealants is to protect your teeth. They’re usually used on children and adolescents, but if your teeth are particularly susceptible to decay, your dentist might recommend them for you as an adult, as well. An example might be molars with particularly deep nooks and crannies that are hard to keep clean even with regular brushing.
Sealants are particularly important for younger patients because many children have not yet developed effective, regular dental hygiene habits. Until brushing and flossing become a regular habit and your child learns to do them both effectively, their teeth are more susceptible to decay. However, during the time when your child is developing the skills and maturity to practice good dental hygiene, she will also have permanent teeth coming in. Rather than expose these new teeth to a higher risk of decay, sealants helps protect them.
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