At The Richardson Dentist, the dental health of each of our patients is always our top priority. And preventing cavities is one of our biggest concerns. Dental sealants are an excellent way to protect the teeth from decay.
Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are permanent plastic barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth, especially the molars. 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 up to 70%!
Q. How are dental sealants applied to the teeth?
A. We apply the sealant resin as a liquid which quickly hardens and adheres tightly to pits and grooves. The procedure is quick, straightforward and completely 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. Does that mean sealants are 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. Think of sealants as an extra layer of protection.
At The Richardson Dentist in Richardson TX, keeping your teeth an gums healthy is our number one concern. We offer a wide range of services, including general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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