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Even the most thorough of brushers may still miss areas of the mouth. It can be almost impossible to reach and clean all areas of the mouth, especially the grooves in the molars that sit near the back. The molars are primarily known for keeping food particles and bacteria in the tiny grooves of the chewing surface, increasing a patient’s risk of tooth decay.
However, there is an extra step a patient can take to maintain the health of their smile and protect their teeth from damage: dental sealants. Dental sealants are used as a way of providing a barrier between the teeth and bacteria, acids, and sugars. This film is applied to the teeth to prevent cavities, block the early phases of tooth decay, and make it easier to keep the chewing surfaces of the back molars free from food particles and bacteria.
Who can obtain sealants?
Dental sealants are applied to the teeth of both children and adults. The sooner they are used, the more effective they can be. Many children will have dental sealants placed on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as they erupt from their pediatric dentist. This will guard against problems that might develop in younger children who may not be as thorough about brushing their teeth and flossing. However, adults can also benefit from dental sealants and are encouraged to ask a dentist about having them administered during routine checkups to provide that extra layer of defense.
What to expect with the placement of dental sealants
Administering dental sealants is a straightforward process. Initially, a dental hygienist cleans and dries the teeth before applying a gel to the tooth’s surface. After washing the gel off, the teeth are dried, and the sealant is applied to the surfaces requiring protection. A specialized light is utilized to cure and harden the sealant.
Are you interested in sealants for your smile?
Contact our dentists at St. Albert Dental Centre in St. Albert, Alberta to find out if you are a good candidate for dental sealants. We are conveniently located at #192-375 St. Albert Trail and can be reached for an appointment at (780) 459-9162.