Brushing and flossing alone cannot always get into all the pits, fissures and grooves in the teeth and the hard-to-reach areas in the mouth. Because of the inadequate cleaning of these areas, food particles and plaque can accumulate and this can lead to tooth decay.
Dental sealants are thin white coatings that are painted on the chewing surfaces of one or more teeth to seal these impossible to clean areas and avoid dental decay. They are more commonly applied to the back teeth; the molars and premolars. The liquid sealant becomes a hard, thin layer that forms a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. This prevents food and plaque from getting caught and stuck within the depressions and grooves of the teeth.
Children are the most obvious candidates for sealants. They should visit their dentists for sealant applications as soon as their molars and premolars erupt. This may remain effective for five years to fifteen years and can protect their teeth through the cavity-prone years of six to fourteen. Each person has unique needs. Adults at risk for decay and those without prior filings may also benefit from sealants.
Though sealants can protect the teeth for years, they may need to be examined for chipping, wearing or breaking. They may be fixed and replaced as necessary. Visit Dental World Panmure today and make your oral and dental health cavity-free. The best thing about having sealants done with us is, our sealants don’t even require anaesthesia or needles. They are perfectly painfree!