The 411 on Dental Sealants

Dental SealantsBrushing and flossing your teeth are the best ways to ensure that you get the proper dental hygiene necessary to protect your teeth from cavities and tooth decay. However, if you have children then you understand that getting them to brush their teeth can seem virtually impossible. Luckily by applying dental sealants to your teeth, you can help to protect your teeth’s enamel from harmful things like acid and plaque. To learn more about dental sealants, read on.

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are essentially plastic coatings that are applied to the tops of your molars in order to act as barriers against tooth decay.  During the procedure, a dental hygienist will first clean your teeth and dry them using some sort of absorbent material. Once your teeth are both clean and dry, an acidic solution will be applied to your teeth in order to create a more secure bond for the sealant itself to adhere to. Then, the sealant is applied on top of your teeth and is allowed to harden, which will create the perfect barrier for your enamel against tooth decay.

Who is the ideal candidate for sealants?

The perfect candidate for dental sealants are children and teenagers who are more prone to getting things like dental cavities. However, if you are an adult and are interested in getting dental sealants as an adult, Dr. Nik Zalavadia can notify you during a consultation about whether or not you are a good candidate for dental sealants.

What is maintenance like for dental sealants?

Sealants are fairly durable but need to be inspected regularly for chipping or erosion. Dr. Nik Zalavadia can replace your dental sealant as necessary in order to protect your teeth from decay and harmful bacteria. As a reminder, it’s important to note that patients need to care for their sealants just like their regular teeth by brushing and flossing on a regular basis, and visiting Dr. Nik Zalavadia on a bi-annual basis.

If you are interested in dental sealants or if you would like to have a consultation, contact Dr. Nik Zalavadia’s office today.

 

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