What Are Dental Sealants and How Do They Work?

Are you tired of constantly battling tooth decay and cavities? Dental sealants may be the solution you've been searching for! These thin, protective coatings are applied to the chewing surfaces of your teeth, creating a barrier between harmful bacteria and your enamel. Get ready to say goodbye to cavities for good!

What are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a preventive treatment used to protect teeth from decay. They are thin, plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth (premolars and molars), where most cavities tend to form. Sealants work by sealing out food particles and bacteria that can cause tooth decay.

How do Dental Sealants Work?

Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth, usually molars and premolars. The purpose of dental sealants is to protect these teeth from decay by creating a barrier between bacteria and plaque that can accumulate in the grooves on those teeth.

The process of applying dental sealants is quick and painless. First, the tooth or teeth receiving the treatment will be thoroughly cleaned and dried. Then an acid solution is applied to roughen up the surface of the tooth so that the sealant material can adhere better. After rinsing off this solution, the sealant material is painted onto each tooth's surface, where it bonds with any remaining pits or fissures.

Once hardened with blue light, dental sealants become a hard plastic shield over each tooth's enamel. This protective layer helps prevent food particles from getting stuck in crevices leading to bacterial growth and decay.

Dental sealants provide an easy way for people to keep their back molars healthy without committing too much time or effort towards oral hygiene practices like flossing or brushing excessively after meals which can be difficult for some individuals due to physical limitations such as braces or age-related factors like arthritis.

Dental sealants are an effective way to prevent tooth decay and cavities in children and adults. They work by providing a protective layer on the chewing surfaces of teeth, preventing bacteria from settling into grooves and crevices.

While some people may have concerns about the safety or effectiveness of dental sealants, research has shown that they are a safe and reliable option for cavity prevention. However, it's important to remember that dental sealants should never be seen as a substitute for good oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing.

If you're interested in getting dental sealants for yourself or your child, talk to your dentist to see if they might be a good choice. With proper application and regular checkups, dental sealants can provide lasting protection against tooth decay and cavities.

To learn more, call Dr. Dizik's office to schedule your consultation today. Call (650) 348-5424 to book an appointment, or visit us at 720 N El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94401.

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