Seal the Deal with Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that are applied to the back molars to prevent tooth decay. Sealants take only a few minutes to apply by your Cumming, GA dentist and can really decrease the number of cavities and reduce tooth decay when applied correctly. According to a recently published infographic from The PEW Center, the average drop in tooth decay of molars after a dental sealant is applied is 60 percent for up to five years.

Why Dental Sealants?

The grooves and cracks in your back teeth’s chewing surfaces are extremely difficult to clean with just a toothbrush and floss. Acids formed by bacteria and sugars set up camp in these areas and break down tooth enamel, causing decay. Studies indicate that a whopping 88 percent of tooth decay in American school-aged children begins this way. Sealants stop cavities from growing and can prevent the need for expensive fillings later on. 

Tooth sealants protect these susceptible areas by covering the tooth surface with a durable resin, preventing bacteria from forming there and making the teeth easier to clean. The procedure starts with cleaning the surface of the tooth, then your dentist will apply a solution or gel, including the grooves and crevices to make the surface of the tooth rough. After several seconds, the solution is thoroughly rinsed away with water and the site is dried. The liquid sealant is then applied and allowed to harden. Combined with with use of fluoride, sealants have the potential to nearly eliminate tooth decay in school age children.

 Taking Care of Dental Sealants

Sealants can last for several years and once applied, are virtually maintenance-free aside from daily brushing and flossing. However, parents should be wary of sticky foods and candy that can cause them to dislodge. Regular dental checkups can monitor the effectiveness of dental sealants, which is why it’s important for children to visit their dentist as well! To make an appointment with Dr. Jordan to have dental sealants applied to your teeth or any of your family members’ teeth, don’t hesitate to contact our office.

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