November 18, 2017
When your teeth are under attack and their defenses are compromised, who will step up to the challenge? Dental sealants eagerly answer the call. Applied by your Windsor family dentist, they run to the rescue, ready to protect your teeth from harmful attackers.
What in the World is a Dental Sealant?
The root word ‘seal’ means protection, because to seal anything is to keep undesirables away. Made from plastic coatings, dental sealants are most often used for children. They are placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (the molars and premolars) to help protect them from decay.
The undesirables that they keep away are acid and plaque. These “bad guys” try to wiggle their way into the grooves along the chewing surface of your teeth. Sometimes even the most specialized toothbrush can’t get into these areas to clean, leaving them vulnerable.
Fluoride does help to prevent decay on all the surfaces of your teeth, but dental sealants provide extra protection for the grooved and pitted areas.
How Does Dental Sealant Work and How Is It Applied?
To understand how dental sealants work, mentally picture leftover food particles hanging around like predators in your mouth after a meal. If not removed by brushing and flossing, they in turn become food for harmful bacteria that bore holes into your teeth with their acidic tentacles.
The dental sealants help to create a line of defense, preventing cavities and making it harder for the acidic plaque attackers to do damage to your teeth.
This is how dental sealants are applied.
- First, the tooth surface is cleaned with a paste and rotating brush by your Windsor dentist.
- Then, the tooth is washed with water and dried.
- The next step is to apply an acidic solution to the tooth’s chewing surface, which is rinsed off seconds later, making the tooth’s surface rougher than the others, allowing the dental sealant to attach to it.
- After drying, the tooth is ready for the dental sealant to be applied and hardened.
How Can Dental Sealants Help Children?
Studies show that 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth, while 1 of 7 (13%) adolescents aged 12 to 19 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth. By treating these cases early and applying dental sealants to protect the teeth, children are less likely to become teens and adults with more severe dental issues.
Prevention is Key
Along with addressing problems early with dental sealants applied by a Windsor family dentist, don’t forget the necessity of proper brushing and flossing at least twice daily, along with maintaining a six-month schedule for oral cleaning and examination. These habits allow you and your family to maintain optimal dental care.
About the Author
With over 30 years of expertise in dentistry, Dr. David J. Bloom graduated from Georgetown University. He practices at Day Hill Dental at 1060 Day Hill Road, in Windsor, and can be reached for any questions about dental sealants, as well as other dental care at his website.
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