Dental Sealants: Why Do You Need Them?

Posted by Little Bytes Pediatric Dentistry on Oct 31 2019, 10:13 AM

Oral health is an essential aspect of maintaining overall health. Deep cavities, decay, gum disease, and other types of dental ailments are the prime reasons behind tooth loss and damage.

Patients who routinely brush and floss their teeth stand a lesser chance of attaining severe oral conditions in the future. Generally, while cleansing your teeth, it is considered quite challenging to cleanse and remove food particles stuck deep within the molars and premolars. More than adults, children find it harder to reach within the grooves of teeth while they brush, making sealants most suitable for children.

Preventive dentists recommend using dental sealants to protect enamel surfaces from decay and plaque. 

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are a thin coat of plastic applied to teeth surface (grooves of molars and premolars) to prevent the chances of dental cavities and decay. Sealants are better advised for children as it makes it easier for them to maintain oral hygiene. 

Getting sealants are easier than you think. It takes no longer than 10-15 minutes for sealant application, offering you the best form of protection against stains, cavities, and decay. 

Here are the top reasons  why you must get dental sealants:

1. Less Expensive Form of Treatment

Teeth infected by cavity or decay may require treatment that depends on the intensity of the case. Treatment could be in the form of fillings, dental implants, or root canal. They are a more expensive method of treating your cavities as compared to dental sealants. 

2. Simpler Procedure

As compared to other forms of dental treatment, the process involved in getting sealants is pretty quick and fast. Your dental hygienist would clean the surface of the enamel before sealant application. It's a comfortable and time-saving procedure.

3. Perfect for Children

A study has suggested that the application of dental sealants is the best way to prevent cavities, especially in children. Children aged between five and ten are more likely (40 percent higher) to suffer from dental decay. With sealants, this number has come to 6 percent.

4. Prevents The Chances of Cavities

Pits and fissures in teeth can increase the chances of attaining decay and cavities. Sealants can prevent this from happening by covering such surfaces and promoting strength to teeth and gums.

5. Ensures Overall Health

Maintaining dental hygiene is key to ensuring the overall health of your body. The mouth is the gateway to nutrition, hence, keeping your teeth and gums clean and in good shape is essential. Poor dental health may, with time, contribute to illness such as diabetes and infections.

Preventive dental care helps keep teeth and gums in proper shape and health. Consult Dr. Michelle Haghpanah today for your general dental services. Call 650-322-9837 today or request an appointment online.

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