Cavity Preventing Sealants
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that go on the grooves of the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These sealants help protect them from tooth decay and cavities, which is often prevalent in children and teens.
Sealants prevent cavities by keeping germs and food particles out of the grooves of the tooth. Thus, it is important for permanent molars. The first molars generally come into the mouth when a child is about six years old. The second set of molars appears around age twelve. Sealants should be applied soon after the tooth develops, as so there is no chance for the tooth to be exposed to bacteria and potential decay.
Applying sealants is short and easy. After the tooth is cleaned, a special gel is placed on the chewing surface. It is then washed and dried off. The sealant is then painted on the tooth. The dentist may then shine a light on the tooth to harden the sealant. After it hardens, the sealant is ready to enact as the protective shield. Sealants can be clear or white, and thus not seen when talking or smiling. A sealant can last anywhere from five to ten years, and should be checked at every routine dental check-up.
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