At Winston-Salem Dental Group, the dental health of our patients, and preventing tooth decay, is what it’s all about. In addition to regular cleanings and checkups we offer dental sealants. This blog post is all about sealants.
Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are permanent plastic barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. They prevent cavities by filling in the grooves and fissures where food particles are particularly difficult to remove.
A. Do sealants significantly reduce tooth decay?
Q. Yes. Studies show that dental sealants can diminish the risk of decay by 70%!
Q. How are dental sealants applied to the teeth?
A. We apply the sealant resin as a liquid which quickly hardens and adheres tightly to the pits and grooves. The procedure is speedy, straightforward and painless.
Q. Which teeth can benefit the most from sealants?
A. Sealants are most commonly applied to the first and second molars because they are at the highest risk for decay.
Q. When should sealants be applied?
A. The best time is early – while the teeth are cavity-free. We will advise you.
Q. Are sealants just for kids?
A. Not necessarily. Talk to us about whether sealants could benefit you.
Q. Is brushing and flossing still necessary for the teeth with sealants?
A. Yes. Vigilant oral hygiene is still vital to keep teeth and gums healthy. Even the teeth with sealants are at risk for decay along the gumline.
Dental sealants are an excellent barrier against cavities, but it’s still essential that you see us at the Winston-Salem Dental Group every six months for a cleaning and checkup. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.
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