Dental sealants are an extra layer of protection for your teeth, and for your children’s teeth. They’re common to pediatric dentistry, and we recommend dental sealants for our young patients at Cornwall Dental Arts.
Here are a few common questions about dental sealants, and our answers:
Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are permanent plastic barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. They help to prevent cavities by filling in the grooves and fissures where food particles are particularly difficult to remove.
A. Do sealants reduce tooth decay?
Q. Yes. Studies show that dental sealants can lessen the risk of decay by up to 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 fast, easy and painless.
Q. Which teeth can benefit the most from sealants?
A. Sealants are most commonly applied to the first and second molars (the chewing surfaces) 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 important to keep teeth and gums healthy. Even the teeth with sealants are at risk for decay along the gum line.
At Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall ON, pediatric dentistry is among our specialties. We also offer general and family dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.
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