What are Sealants?
Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities, but it’s not always easy to clean every nook and cranny of your teeth – especially those back teeth you use to chew (called molars). Molars are rough, uneven and a favorite place for leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria to hide.
Still, there’s another safety measure to help keep those teeth clean. It’s called a sealant, and it is a thin, protective coating that adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth. They’re no substitute for brushing and flossing, but they can keep cavities from forming and may even stop early stages of decay from becoming a full-blown cavity.
In fact, sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars. This is especially important when it comes to your child’s dental health. Did you know, according to the CDC, “school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants?”
Who does Sealants work best for?
Children and adults can benefit from sealants, but the earlier you get them, the better. Your first molars appear around age 6, and second molars break through around age 12. Sealing these teeth as soon as they come through can keep them cavity-free from the start, which helps save time and money in the long run. Ask your our team if sealants are a good option for you and your family.
What’s involved in Sealants?
It’s a quick and painless process. After we clean and dry your tooth before placing an acidic gel on your teeth. This gel roughs up your tooth surface so a strong bond will form between your tooth and the sealant. After a few seconds, we will rinse off the gel and dry your tooth once again before applying the sealant onto the grooves of your tooth. Then we will then use a special blue light to harden the sealant and presto you are done!
Are you ready to perfect your smile?
Are you ready to perfect your smile? Let the team at Vallejo Family Dentistry see if Sealants are right for you. We are here to help you learn more about your oral health in Vallejo California.