The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing your teeth twice a day (with a fluoride toothpaste), flossing once a day, and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups. However, there is something else you can do to prevent cavities: get a dental sealant.
What Is A Dental Sealant?
A dental sealant is a plastic coating painted onto the chewing surface of the premolars and molars in the back of the mouth. This plastic coating is then hardened with a curing light.
How Can A Dental Sealant Protect Teeth?
The premolars and molars in your mouth are the teeth most susceptible to decay, especially for children. This is because these teeth have several grooves which can make cleaning difficult. A sealant covers these grooves, acting as a barrier to seal out food, plaque bacteria, and acid.
What Else Do I Need To Know About Dental Sealants?
Applying dental sealants is a quick and simple procedure for your dentist to complete. The application procedure is not only painless, but inexpensive as well. Sealants aren’t very visible, being white or clear in color, and can protect your teeth for several years before requiring reapplication. Talk to your dentist about getting a dental sealant today.