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Dental Sealants Prevent Tooth Decay

Cavities…no one wants one! They are capable of causing a lot of pain if they go untreated. Therefore, it is always a good idea to take preventative measures! Dental sealants prevent tooth decay. Oceanside Dental explains why.

What are Sealants and What do They Do?

According to WebMD, “A Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth (usually the back teeth) – to prevent tooth decay.” Have you ever noticed how your molars have deep pits and grooves on the biting surface? Without your even knowing it, this area can be building up bacteria because it is hard to keep clean. A sealant covers these pits and fissures so nothing can get trapped, preventing decay.

How Are Sealants Applied?

The process is very quick and is usually done by an assistant to the dentist.

  1. Each tooth that will be treated, is cleaned and dried thoroughly.
  2. An acid solution called Etchant is applied to the tooth’s surface and then washed away. The purpose of this step is to roughen the tooth’s surface in order for the sealant material to properly bond to the tooth.
  3. The teeth must be thoroughly dried again. Cotton materials will also usually be placed around the teeth to keep them dry.
  4. The sealant is then painted on.
  5.  Finally a special curing light is used to help the sealant harden.

Should I Get Them?

As soon as molars erupt and are entirely exposed in a kids mouth, sealants can be applied. Kids are typically more prone to cavities. Therefore this treatment is more youth-focused. However, sealants are great for adults as well! Schedule your next appointment at Oceanside Dental and ask us if you should get dental sealants. Do you have other dental questions? Ask away! We love answering them for you. (760) 466-0776