PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY - Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are one of the primary reasons why oral health has improved in America primarily since the 1980s. The only other factor that may have contributed more to oral health is the addition of fluoride to water supplies.
While brushing teeth is one of the most basic precepts of basic oral health, it’s impossible to be able to clean out all of the pits and fissures in most molars. Dental sealants help in this regard by filling in these holes and gaps in teeth with the sealant, thus making them less susceptible to catching food particles, which ultimately lead to tooth rot.
Generally, dental sealants are applied by the dentists at Barrington Dental Care™ and are completely an outpatient procedure. First, the tooth or teeth to be treated are dried and cleaned, and a thin layer of liquid gets painted on the teeth that are meant to be sealed. Next, the dentist will apply a blue spectrum natural light, which will cure the plastic and set the sealant. More modern sealants will cure on their own, but whether or not you need a blue light for curing is ultimately irrelevant – both kinds will do the job and protect your teeth equally as well.
Ultimately, a dental sealant will result in a clear, hard plastic cover on your teeth, which will help protect your teeth from dental rot. A dental sealant is no replacement for proper oral hygiene, of course, and even those who get the most modern dental sealants will still need to brush their teeth regularly and floss in order to maintain dental health. But sealants can go a long way in the name of preventative dental care. They are especially helpful for children when they first get their “adult” molars, which are especially prone to decay. Dental sealants are becoming standard in oral health management, and for good reason. Be sure to discuss dental sealants with the dentists at Barrington Dental Care™ – you may be surprised how ultimately affordable and helpful they can be.