Dental Sealants

When you were younger, you may have had dental sealants placed onto your back teeth to prevent decay. Now that you are an adult, you aren’t automatically ruled out of candidacy for sealants. By better understanding these dental treatments, you can make an informed decision about whether or not sealants are right for you. What Exactly Are Dental Sealants? A dental sealant is a thin film of plastic that bonds to the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars. They work to prevent tooth decay by acting as a physical barrier to block acid and bacteria from affecting the teeth. In some cases, they will provide complete protection so long as they stay intact, and research has found that they can actually stop a cavity from progressing if placed on top of a tooth with slight decay, as the action blocks nutrients from reaching the cavity. Who Should Get Dental Sealants? Children and teens are the most obvious candidates of dental sealants, as they tend to have the most difficulty with decay. The depressions and

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