This post from Neal C. Johnson DMD in Billings is about one of the best ways to protect teeth from cavities, dental sealants.
Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are permanent plastic barriers applied to the chewing 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 cut down the risk of decay by 70%!
Q. How are dental sealants applied to the teeth?
A. We apply sealant resin as a liquid, which quickly hardens and adheres tightly to the pits and grooves. The procedure is fast, 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. 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 gumline.
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