Fort Worth, TX
No matter how thoroughly you brush your teeth and how regularly you floss, there’s always a chance of some food particles getting left behind. Especially when you have a lot of grooves or small spaces between the teeth, there’s an even higher chance of food getting stuck there.
Over time, if these particles are not cleaned out properly, they will encourage the growth of bacteria and germs, which will invite all kinds of dental problems. Moreover, it will also cause cavities to grow, and you could develop plaque around your teeth which doesn’t go away easily with a dental cleaning.
So, then what is the solution? Dental sealants.
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are exactly what they sound like. They are a protective layer made of plastic applied to the outer layer of the teeth to seal it completely.
It seals any depressions in the teeth or spaces where food particles can accumulate, thereby preventing the growth of bacteria and plaque and protecting you from tooth decay and from developing dental problems.
They are usually applied on the back teeth as that’s where the most chewing happens, and that’s also where tooth decay can be more common. Since the sealants cover the entire chewing surface of the teeth, they also help protect them from stains and keep your teeth white so that you don’t have to constantly go for teeth whitening procedures.
Who Should Get Dental Sealants?
Usually, children and teenagers are ideal candidates for getting dental sealants. Their teeth tend to have more grooves and spaces, and their overall lifestyle makes them more prone to cavities and decay.
As a result, getting dental sealants can be quite beneficial for them as they protect the enamel of their teeth and seal out any particles and germs. Adults who don’t have any fillings and decay can benefit from these sealants as well.
However, by the time people turn into adults, their teeth tend to smoothen from the use over time and get rid of those grooves and depressions. Therefore, they can keep their teeth clean with a proper oral hygiene routine without relying on dental sealants.
What is the Procedure for Getting Dental Sealants?
Getting dental sealants is quite a simple and quick procedure. The teeth are cleaned thoroughly and then dried. Then, an acid solution is applied, which helps the sealant stick better to the enamel. Next, the teeth are rinsed and dried again.
Finally, the sealant is applied to the teeth, where the acid solution encourages dental bonding and helps the sealant harden. Sometimes, a curing light can also be used to accelerate the hardening of the sealant.
How Long do Dental Sealants Last?
Dental sealants can be effective at protecting the teeth for as long as nine years after application. However, this also depends on how well you’ve maintained it. They can wear away with time or become chipped.
That’s why it is so important to get them inspected regularly so that your dentist can replace the sealant when necessary. If you’re interested in getting dental sealants or want to get yours checked, schedule an appointment with us at HomeTown Dental at Belknap.