What is Dental Sealant?
A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating that when painted on the chewing surface or at the back of the teeth can prevent cavities for many years. The sealant protects the chewing surfaces by covering it with a protective shield that blocks out food particles and bacteria. The coating covers each tooth and seeps into any groves to protect against cavities. Saints prevent cavities, tooth decay and it eliminates the need for dental fillings. What is great about dental sealants is that you won’t notice it in your teeth at all. Dental sealants can make a great difference in the teeth as it prevents cavities from destroying them.
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Benefits of Dental Sealants
Dental sealants work like barriers of the teeth as it prevents cavities from going through it. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry mentions that adolescents who got dental sealants have a higher chance to reduce cavities by up to 86 percent in one year and 58 percent after 4 years. Although flossing and brushing the teeth help remove food particles and plaque, dental sealants make sure to protect the areas toothbrushes won’t be able to reach. The deep grooves and pits are too small for the bristles to get into where the plaque can quickly enter. The bacteria in the plaque uses sugars to produce acids that slowly eat away the enamel. Through repeated attacks, the enamel can easily break down which later creates a hole or cavity on the tooth’s surface.
Who Should Get Dental Sealants?
Children are normally prone to getting cavities because of how their developing teeth are shaped. When the first molars come out at age six, the pits and fissures from on the chewing surfaces of the child’s teeth. Dental sealants help prevent pits and fissures in children. Teeth and adults can also benefit from dental sealants as these are an excellent preventive treatment for dental decay or fillings at the back for the teeth.
The cost for sealing teeth is based on the expertise of the specialist and location, but generally range between $35 to $75. It is a good way to protect a child's teeth, most insurance providers cover the cost.
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