How Dental Sealants Protect Your Teeth?

How Dental Sealants Protect Your Teeth?

When it comes to taking care of your teeth, the old saying is true: it’s easier to keep problems from happening than to fix them once they do. And avoiding tooth damage, cavities, and other dental problems before they happen is better than fixing them because it saves you time and money in the long run.

If you and your family brush their teeth twice a day with an electric toothbrush and floss every day, your teeth will stay healthy and you won’t get cavities. But getting dental sealants is an easy and painless way to protect your teeth from damage and cavities.

People of all ages, even kids, are using sealants on their teeth more and more. Sealants for your teeth are cheap and can last for years, protecting your teeth from damage and cavities. Here are the advantages of dental sealants, how they protect your teeth, and how much they cost.

What are Dental Sealants?

Sealants are shields that are put on your teeth to keep them from getting cavities. Sealants are made of a thin layer of plastic that keeps bacteria from getting into your teeth’s tiny grooves and holes. Most of the time, dental sealants are put on the back of children’s molars, where it’s hard for them to clean their teeth well with a toothbrush.

What are the Benefits of Dental Sealants?

Both kids and adults often have problems with tooth decay. When sugars from food and drinks stay in your mouth for a long time, bacteria feed on them to make plaque. Plaque wears away the enamel on your teeth, making tiny holes. If you don’t clean or treat the area, those holes can turn into a tumor. If cavities aren’t handled properly, they can lead to bigger problems. They can get into the lower layers of your teeth and cause gingivitis or periodontal disease.

Sealants are very good at keeping holes away from your teeth. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that sealants prevent 80% of cavities in the first two years after they are put on. After that, they protect against 50% of cavities for the next four years. The best part is that the process of getting sealants is quick and doesn’t hurt either you or your child.

What is the Dental Sealant Procedure Like?

Getting dental sealants might be the fastest and easiest thing you’ve ever done at the doctor. During your visit, we’ll clean your teeth and may take x-rays to check on the health of your gums and teeth. After that, we’ll rinse your tooth and dry it so the sealing doesn’t come off. We’ll put a gel on your tooth that helps the protection stick to it. Then, we’ll use a small brush to put the sealer on your tooth. We could help the sealant dry and thicken by using air or light.

After the sealant is put on, there is no pain or time to heal. You can eat and drink normally, but for a few days, you might want to avoid sticky foods like toffee, gummy candy, and caramel until the seals are completely hard. Sealants can help you and your kids keep their teeth healthy for years if you brush and floss every day.

How Long do Teeth Sealants Last?

Most treatments for teeth can last up to 9 years. They stay on your tooth and fill in tiny holes that bacteria could use to get into your teeth and cause decay or cavities. Ask us to check your sealants and make sure they still look good when we clean and check your teeth. Sealants on teeth can sometimes fall off or break. This doesn’t happen very often, but if it does, we can easily change them to keep your teeth safe.

Dental Sealants for Kids

Most cavities happen in the back teeth of your child, especially in their molars. Molars are harder to clean with a toothbrush and floss because they have holes where food and sugars can get stuck. This makes your child’s back teeth more likely to get gaps and rot.

Because of this, the CDC recommends that children get tooth sealants as soon as their permanent (adult) molars come in. Most kids get their first set of adult teeth between the ages of 6 and 12, and their second set between the ages of 12 and 14. The CDC says that once those molars come in, you should get tooth sealants to protect them from decay and cavities.

Dental Sealants for Adults

Age doesn’t stop cavities: Between the ages of 20 and 64, 92% of people have had at least one cavity. Even though many people brush and floss their teeth every day, they still get cavities. Tooth decay can also be caused by other things, like taking medicines that make your mouth dry. This is because saliva helps wash bacteria off your teeth and avoid cavities.

Most of the time, dental sealants are given to children to avoid tooth decay, but sealants can also help adults. One difference is that dental sealants may not work as well if you already have fillings on your teeth. Ask your dentist about this at your next cleaning so they can give you information that is right for your teeth.

How Much do Tooth Sealants Cost?

Sealants are a cheap way to keep from having to pay more in the future for dental care. Most sealants range in price from $30 to $60 per tooth. Depending on your insurance plan, that might be covered in part. But seals are well worth the cost when you think about how much time, money, and pain they can save.

Getting a cavity fixed can cost anywhere from $50 to $4,500 per tooth, depending on the type of filling you get. If the decay keeps getting worse, you may need to get a new filling, a crown, or even a root tap. Even if you have dental insurance, you may still have to pay a lot for all of these treatments. The best way to save money on dental care is to keep your teeth from getting cavities and damage in the first place. That’s why you and your kids should think about getting sealants.

Ask Your Dentist About Dental Sealants

Make an appointment at Dr. Motiwala Dental Clinic & Implant Centre to talk to your dentist and hygienist about tooth guards for you and your children. We will talk about whether or not you or your child can get sealants and how much it will cost. We’ll also explain how the process works and what to expect. At Dr. Motiwala Dental Clinic & Implant Centre, we want your teeth to stay healthy and beautiful for the rest of your life. Let’s get started now.

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