Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities in teeth. However, it is not easy to clean every nook and cranny of your teeth, especially the molars that you use to chew. Molars are a favorite place for leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria to hide.
There is a new way to keep these teeth clean and it is known as a sealant. A sealant is a thin coating made from plastic or other dental materials. The protective coating adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth.
Questions About Sealants
How Do Sealants Work?
When the cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth find leftover food particles, they produce acids that can create holes in teeth. These holes are cavities. After a dental sealant has been applied, it keeps those tiny bits of food out of the tooth and stops bacteria and acid from settling on your teeth.
Who Can Benefit From Sealants?
Both children and adults can benefit from sealants, but the earlier the sealant is applied, the better. Molars first appear at around age 6, and second molars break through around age 12. Sealing these teeth when they come through can keep them cavity-free from the beginning, which will help save time and money in the long run. Visit Slone Dental to see if sealants are a good option for you and your family.
How Are Sealants Applied?
Sealants are applied during a quick and painless process. We will clean and dry your tooth before placing a gel on your teeth. After a few seconds, we will rinse off the gel and dry your tooth once again before applying the sealant into the grooves of your tooth. We then use a special blue light to harden the sealant.
Aside from the rare allergy, there are no known side effects from sealants.
How Long Do Sealants Last?
Sealants will often last for several years before they need to be reapplied. During your regular dental visit, your dentist will check the condition of the sealant and can reapply them as needed.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Sealants?
Some dental insurance plans cover sealants. Call your insurance company to find out what kind of coverage you have.