Teeth cleaning and flossing are the most effective ways to prevent dental cavities. There is a second security net that can help keep your teeth clean. It's a dental sealant. It is an extremely thin, durable coating that sticks to the teeth' chewing surfaces and prevents cavities.
How Do Sealants Work?
Sealants are protective coverings for your dental health. When the bacteria responsible for cavities feed on leftover food particles, they produce acids that cause decay, which further leads to cavities. Once the sealant is applied, it keeps the food particles out and prevents acid and bacteria from settling on your teeth.
Who Can Get Sealants?
Adults and children can both benefit from sealants. However, the earlier you start using sealants, the more beneficial it is. The first molars start appearing around the age of 6, and your second molars come through at around 12. Make sure to seal these teeth as soon as they appear.
How Are Sealants Applied?
Sealants are applied to the occlusal grooves to stop bacterial accumulation on the teeth. It's an easy process that's quick and painless. The procedure for applying the sealant is:
- In the beginning, our dentist will clean and disinfect the teeth.
- An absorbent material is placed on top of them to keep them dry.
- A solution of acid is sprayed onto the surfaces of the teeth to make them rough and help the sealant adhere to the teeth.
- The teeth are rinsed and dried.
- The sealant is then applied to the enamel, shaped accordingly.
- The dentist will use a curing light to aid the sealant hardening.
Sealants can last for a long time. They can protect teeth against decay for up to ten years. However, they should be monitored for wear and chipping during regular dental examinations. Your dentist will assess how well the sealant has been maintained at your next dental appointment and restore them if needed.
Most insurance companies cover the cost of sealing, but typically only for patients less than 18 years of age. Consult with your dental insurance company to determine whether your insurance plan covers sealants.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Anaheim Hills, CA, to have a consultation with our dentist. Please call us at (714) 974-0949 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.