One way you can stop tooth decay in its tracks is sealants. Sealants are plastic and thin coatings that are placed on your chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars, basically where food gets. Usually, sealants are done in clinics, and occasionally in schools. The procedure is very simple, and it’s incredibly painless. They’re painted on, and then they’re hardened to form over the tooth. They are colored, or tinted, and usually, the tinted ones are cheaper but easier to see.
They aren’t new, and they’ve actually been around since the early 1960s for most places. You should definitely note however that most people don’t realize the full on benefit of sealants. Less than 20% of the children in the US have sealants. That’s so few for something so nice. They usually last up to 10 years, but they’ll need to be checked at the dental check-ups in order to make sure they’re not worn away or chipped, and usually, the dentist will repair these by adding more material in order to strengthen these sealants.
If you’re worried about price, fear not. These usually cost less than the filling of one tooth. Sealants will save you a lot of money later on, since fillings crowns, and caps won’t need to be used as much. They also help to avoid tooth decay, and they could potentially last a lifetime if the sealants are maintained.
Some insurance companies do ay for this, so you should check to see what it is. Usually, because it’s something that involves the health of a tooth, it’s something that will help with this.
Now, how do these prevent decay. Well, in your mouth are thousands of germs that change the sugar in your foods to acid. This eats away at the tooth treating a cavity. The decay does have to be cleaned out by drilling the tooth and from there filling it, or fully capping and crowning these in the more extreme cases.
Of course healthier teeth are the best kinds of teeth, so you should work to prevent tooth decay, which is why you need sealants. A healthy tooth is the best tooth, and that’s why it’s encouraged to have just that whenever you can.
The back teeth usually get decay so easily because they tend to be uneven and rough due to the grooves and pits. The food in this and the germs get stuck there, and they stay there a long time cause the toothbrush can’t brush these away.
Who should get these? Well, children should have them as soon as the permanent molars come in, before decay hits the teeth. The first permanent molars, usually called the “six year molars” should be done first. Your second set come in when children are in their preteen years. There are usually bicuspids that are right in front of the molars too. These should be sealed.
Teens and adults that don’t have fillings and decay in their molars will also get sealants too, since it can help everyone.
Some children might get these as well in the baby teeth, especially since there are deep pits and grooves, since it’ll help keep them nice and healthy. It’s encouraged to do just that, since it can help your child have healthy teeth all throughout life, and it will help with assisting them in their different ways with keeping dental decay at bay.
And there you have it. Everything that you need to know about sealants right now, and some of the key benefits you can get from putting sealants on your teeth.