Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dental Sealants

Wouldn't it be great if there was something you could do to help prevent decay?  Well there is, Dental Sealants are here to save the day!  This is a great, cost effective, procedure that helps prevent decay.

On the chewing surfaces of our back teeth we have depressions and grooves.  If you run your tongue across your back teeth, you can feel them.  These are called pits and fissures.  Because the pits and fissures are hard to keep clean, bacteria and food particles can get trapped and cause decay.  A dental sealant is a plastic material that is applied to the chewing surface of the teeth.  It seals the pits and fissures, preventing bacteria from getting into these traps.  It only takes a few minutes to seal each tooth and the procedure is painless.  The likelihood of developing tooth decay starts right after teeth come into the mouth.  This makes children and teenagers obvious candidates.  However, adults can benefit from sealants too.  Remember, you never outgrow the risk of developing cavites. 

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