posted: Jun. 05, 2013.
Tooth decay often occurs on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The good news is that sealants can offer protection against tooth decay and improve your chances to stay filling free.
Tooth decay is the most prevalent dental disease among children. Dental sealants can safely reduce tooth decay and preserve a smile for years to come. Sealants are simply a thin plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of back teeth as a means of helping to prevent tooth decay. The white film (plaque) that remains on the teeth over time causes Tooth decay and without proper removal, it forms a cavity. Sealants are an effective way of blocking plaque from forming on hard -to -reach areas with your toothbrush.
Sealants can be clear, white or tinted and can't be seen when you talk or smile, because they are only applied to the back teeth. Applying dental sealants is an easy and simple process. First, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned. Next, a mild acid solution is applied to help bond the sealant properly. Lastly, the sealant is placed on the tooth to seal the grooves and only takes about 60 seconds to harden. That is it, no discomfort and it is done very quickly.