Dental sealants perform a simple, yet important task. They serve as a barrier between high risk areas of your teeth and plaque or food debris. Teeth are designed with pits and fissures, or peaks and valleys, to mash and breakdown food. Though this design is great for breaking down food, it can also provide areas that can easily trap debris and make it difficult to remove. Debris that is allowed to remain in place can lead to caries and cavities. We can fill these small spaces preventing things from becoming trapped with a coating of dental sealants.
The sealant material is a liquid varnish that we paint onto the areas most susceptible to disease or trapped debris. Once in place, we then harden it with a blue light allowing it to stay firmly in place, and it will not wash away. In most cases, dental sealants remain for several years but will check their status at every dental exam and reapply as needed.
Dental Sealants And Children
We recommend the proactive measure of placing dental sealants on all of our adolescent patients after they have grown their permanent or adult molars. This preventive step will help them keep their molars healthy while they are still in the learning phase of their oral hygiene. Preventing these teeth from cavities will help them stay healthier longer. In the past it was considered common for children to suffer from cavities. Today that thought has become a thing of the past. Increasingly children are reaching adulthood without ever experiencing a cavity. This is due to more oral education and preventive measures such as dental sealants.
Dental Sealants And Adults
Dental sealants can also be a proactive positive measure for some of our adult patients. We generally recommend sealants for our adult patients with:
• Small Spaces: Teeth can be designed with places that are difficult to clean and sometimes even impossible to fully brush or floss. By placing sealant material in those tight locations, we can protect your teeth.
• Difficulty: Whether it is due to age, disability, or more, some patients have a more difficult time cleaning their teeth. We can help them have a healthier mouth by protecting vulnerable areas with dental sealants.
Are Dental Sealants Safe?
Dental sealants have been found to be safe according to the American Dental Association for the appropriate use as designated by a professional dentist. The sealant material does contain trace amounts of BPA but it is well within the safe guidelines. We are happy to discuss the product in more depth with you prior to their use.
If you or your child need a dental sealant, call Lincoln Smiles at 916-543-8800 to schedule your next dental exam with the best dentist in Lincoln.
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