Why are Dental Sealants Needed?
More often than not, whenever we talk about oral care, we think about brushing and flossing only. But there is one more underrated hero whom we should give credit to, and that is dental sealants. They are thin, protective layers that seal your teeth’ enamel and ward off cavity-causing bacteria. Dental sealants are much-needed to prevent cavities from developing on teeth.
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What Makes Dental Sealants A Necessity?
1. Say Good Bye to Cavities
The battle against cavities will never end; as long as you have teeth, it is you against cavity-causing bacteria. You can use dental sealants as a powerful tool to prevent any damage before it is done. Blocking the entry points for bacteria means no way for them to enter and dig inside the tooth enamel to cause holes in them.
2. Quick and Painless Technique
Applying sealants on teeth is a quick and easy procedure:
- Thorough cleaning of your teeth to get rid of hidden food particles and plaque.
- Application of gentle bonding material on the enamel.
- Putting the dental sealant to fill in all the nooks and crannies.
- Cure the sealant to make it permanent.
3. Reduction of Deep Grooves
Molars are used primarily for chewing purposes and thus have deep grooves that are difficult to reach and thoroughly clean. These hidden spots can become a breeding playground for bacteria resulting in plaque. Having dental sealants in such a situation means those pits and grooves of hard-to-reach areas are filled, preventing decay from taking hold.
Dental sealants can be your long-term allies. They are strong shields that last for years with proper care, especially during the cavity-prone years of childhood. If you follow up regularly with your checkups, dentists can keep an eye on the sealants, ensuring that they perform well. If need be, they can also re-apply or repair it.
5. Savings in the Longer Run
You can consider these dental sealants as the guardian angel of your oral cavity and a friend of your wallet. These protectors are a cost-effective solution to prevent cavities from happening, sparing you from the heavy expenses and discomfort of dental restorations. Usually, dental insurance plans do include sealants as part of their coverage.
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