At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we often recommend dental sealants as a way of protecting teeth against cavities. Not everyone has heard of dental sealants, so we’ll use this space to answer some questions about them.
Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are permanent plastic barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. They prevent cavities by filling in the grooves and fissures where food particles are particularly difficult to remove. Most North Tomball pediatric dentists and family dentists offer sealants to their patients.
A. Do sealants significantly reduce tooth decay?
Q. Yes. Studies show that dental sealants can curtail the risk of decay by 70%!
Q. How are dental sealants applied to the teeth?
A. We apply sealant resin as a liquid. It quickly hardens and adheres tightly to the pits and grooves of your teeth. The procedure is quick, straightforward and painless.
Q. Which teeth can benefit the most from sealants?
A. Sealants are most commonly applied to the first and second molars because they are at the highest risk for decay.
Q. When should sealants be applied?
A. The best time is early – while the teeth are cavity-free. Your dentist will advise you.
Q. Are sealants just for kids?
A. Not necessarily. Talk to us about whether sealants could benefit you.
Q. Is brushing and flossing still necessary for the teeth with sealants?
A. Yes. Vigilant oral hygiene is still essential to keep teeth and gums healthy. Even the teeth with sealants are at risk for decay along the gumline.
At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we want the best possible dental health for all our patients, and that includes protection against cavities! Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today.
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