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Sealants, a shield for your teeth, consist of a thin plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars, covering deep grooves known as pits and fissures. These areas, where over 75% of dental decay originates, are notoriously difficult to clean and highly prone to decay.

By sealing these deep grooves, sealants create a smooth, easy-to-clean surface, effectively protecting teeth from decay for an extended period. However, regular dental check-ups are essential to monitor sealant wear and chipping.

Why Consider Sealants:

  • Children and Teenagers: Particularly susceptible during the cavity-prone years of 6-16, sealants are recommended as soon as the first permanent back teeth, known as six-year molars, emerge.
  • Adults: Individuals with deep grooves or depressions on tooth surfaces devoid of decay can benefit from sealants.
  • Baby Teeth: Occasionally, sealants are applied to baby teeth if they exhibit deep grooves or depressions, and the child is prone to cavities.

The Sealant Procedure:

Administered swiftly by a dentist or dental hygienist, the sealant application process requires only a few minutes per tooth. After meticulous cleaning, the tooth surface is isolated with cotton to maintain dryness. A bonding solution is then applied to facilitate sealant adhesion.

Subsequently, the sealant material is meticulously painted onto the enamel surface, covering deep grooves or depressions. Depending on the type of sealant utilized, the material will either harden spontaneously or with the aid of a specialized curing light.

Maintaining Your Sealants:

To ensure the longevity of sealants, maintaining proper oral hygiene, consuming a balanced diet, and adhering to regular dental appointments are paramount.

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