The Benefits of Sealants
While maintaining a healthy diet, routine dental check-ups, good brushing and flossing techniques are all important to the health of your teeth; Creekside Dental encourages our patients to have sealants applied (if applicable) as a preventative measure to help prevent a cavity from developing in the first place.
Sealants are a white/tooth colored material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (deeper pits and grooves) of molar and premolar teeth. Accepted by the American Dental Association Council on Dental Therapeutics in 1972, sealants are widely recognized as a means to prevent cavities. According to the ADA, properly applied and maintained sealants are extremely helpful in preventing cavities and are cost-effective.
How are sealants applied, you ask? The application of sealants is a simple procedure. In order for a sealant to be effective the surface of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, rinsed and dried. The sealant material is then painted into the pits and grooves and cured with a curing light. At each hygiene visit our hygienists will check the retention of the sealants and reapply, if needed. Sealants can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years, but are not permanent. It is still very important to floss daily; as the sealant material does not prevent a cavity from starting in-between the teeth.