The best practices for preventing the development of cavities are regular brushing and flossing of the teeth. This daily care routine only helps clean the front surfaces of the teeth, but reaching out to the back molars and premolars is nearly impossible, especially for young children. The grooves are a perfect breeding ground for trapping food and bacteria, which often results in the formation of cavities in young, susceptible teeth.
To safeguard young children's teeth, specific preventive measures can be taken, such as a dental sealant. They are a light protective coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars. Though the sealants are no substitute for brushing and flossing but can help prevent the formation of cavities and may even avert the primary stages of tooth decay.
How do the Dental Sealants work?
The sealants act as a shield for the teeth. When the bacteria present in every individual's mouth combine with food particles left behind from eating, they release acids that can cause detrimental holes in teeth, otherwise known as cavities. The food particles and bacteria can be kept away from settling on the teeth with the application of sealants.
The application of sealants is a painless and straightforward procedure. They reduce the risk of tooth decay in the back teeth to a great extent. First, the dentist will meticulously clean and dry the teeth before applying the acidic gel to them. This gel creates a strong bond between the sealant and tooth by first roughing it up a little. The dentist will then rinse off the gel after a few moments, and the tooth is wiped dry once again. Finally, the sealants are applied onto the grooves of the tooth, and they are hardened with the help of special laser light. Thus the teeth are protected from future damage and decay.
Who Should Get The Sealants?
Both adults and young children can be benefitted from the application of sealants. The first set of molars start erupting out at the age of six, and the next lot of molars comes through around the age of twelve. The earlier the molars are sealed, the better it is to help keep them cavity-free from the start. This is why it's best to get them early on before the teeth have had a chance to experience decay.
How long do the Dental Sealants last?
The Sealants are exceptionally strong and can bear the force of chewing and biting foods. They can last for over a decade and considerably reduce the rate of decay.
Call Lanham Smiles family dentistry at (301) 459-0914 or schedule an online appointment to know more about Dental Sealants.