In this post from Mirelez Wellness Dental in Fresno, we take a look at one of the best tools for preventing cavities, dental 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. Most Clovis pediatric dentists and family dentists offer sealants to their patients.
Q. Do sealants significantly reduce tooth decay?
A. Yes. Studies show that dental sealants can lessen the risk of decay by 70%!
Q. How are dental sealants applied to the teeth?
A. Your dentist applies the sealant resin as a liquid which quickly hardens and adheres tightly to the pits and grooves. The procedure is speedy, simple 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.
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 critical to keep teeth and gums healthy. Even the teeth with sealants are at risk for decay along the gumline.
At Mirelez Wellness Dental in Fresno, protecting our patients from tooth decay is one of the most imporant aspects of what we do. Our services include family and restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today!
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