7 Facts About Dental Sealants

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In order to prevent tooth decay, our dentist may place a dental sealant on your teeth to act as a barrier between the tooth enamel and plaque acids. If you are going to receive a dental sealant, then keep reading to learn a little more about them.

  1. Dental sealants are placed on the chewing surface of your molars and premolars. This surface has a lot of pit and fissures designed to grind food, however, these areas also easily trap food and plaque bacteria. In fact, 80-90% of cavities occur in these areas.
  2. Dental sealants are also known as pit and fissure sealants.
  3. Dental sealants are made of plastic resins that are either clear or tooth-colored.
  4. Children normally have dental sealants applied once their permanent teeth have erupted since their smiles’ are more vulnerable to decay. Adults can also benefit from dental sealants
  5. Dental sealants not only protect the tooth by acting as a barrier to decay, but they also create a smoother chewing surface that makes the tooth easier to clean.
  6. Dental sealants can reduce your risk for tooth decay by up to 70%.
  7. A dental sealant can last for 5-10 years if you take good care of your oral health.

Please call Trailridge Family Dental today if you would like to learn more about dental sealants.