*Helps protect teeth from decay-causing acids and bacteria*
What are dental sealants?
-Dental sealants are plastic coatings usually placed on the occlusal surface of back molars and pre-molars to help prevent decay.
-Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day helps remove plaque and food particles. However, toothbrushes can’t reach all the way into the grooves of teeth. Fluoride, in fact, helps prevent decay from surfaces of the teeth, dental sealants add extra protection to the pitted and grooved areas.
Do I still need to use fluoride if I have dental sealant?
-Yes! Dental sealants only protect the surface area they are placed on. Fluoride protects all surfaces of the tooth from cavities and decay.
How are dental sealants placed?
-The tooth surface is cleaned with a paste and brush then washed with water and dried. Afterward, an acidic solution is placed on the grooves of the tooth for a few seconds, then is rinsed off. This creates a rough surface allowing the dental sealant to attach to the tooth. Now the sealant is placed on the tooth and hardened by a light. Once it is hardened it becomes a hard plastic varnish coating. Now you can chew your food with extra protection!
Talk to your doctor or dental hygienist about sealants and if they are right for you!