Dental Sealants are used to help prevent cavities and are applied to the back teeth, premolars and molars, where tooth decay is more prevalent.
Dental Sealants are placed on the fissures of your child’s first adult molar once the tooth has completely erupted beyond the gum line. The premolars and molars will continue erupting between the ages of eleven to thirteen.
Rodeo Dental explains that dental sealants act as a tooth decay barrier and are made from a plastic resin that is painted directly on to the tooth.
Although brushing and flossing each day will remove plaque and food particles from the surface of the teeth, the bristles have a tough time reaching into the grooves and depressions in back teeth. Dental sealants are used to protect those areas that are most vulnerable by literally sealing out the food and plaque.
Dental sealants are quite easy to apply and are painted directly on to the enamel where the sealant bonds to the tooth before hardening. The plastic resin gets into the grooves and depressions, or pits and fissures on the back teeth protecting your kids from acids and plaque. As long as the dental sealant is intact, the chewing surfaces are protected from tooth decay and dental caries.
According to Rodeo Dental, sealants will hold up under normal chewing and could very well last for several years before another application is needed. During regular dental checkups with Rodeo Dental, the sealants condition will be checked and reapplied when necessary.
Because the grooves and depressions in the back teeth begin early, children and teens are the best candidates when it comes to dental sealants. However, sealants can be used on people of all ages as long as the molars are free from any type of dental restoration.
According to Rodeo Dental, the best way to prevent cavities is to brush twice and floss once each day with fluoride toothpaste that has been recommended by the American Dental Association. Rodeo Dental also advises that you and your family eat a well balanced diet and schedule regular dental checkups.
If you would like more information about dental sealants, call or click and schedule an appointment with Rodeo Dental today.