One of the best things anyone can do for their beautiful smile, apart from having regular cleanings and checkups, is to have Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa apply dental sealants. But a lot of patients don’t fully appreciate this, so here are some dental sealant basics.
Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are permanent plastic barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. They prevent cavities by filling in the grooves and fissures where food particles are particularly difficult to reach.
A. Do sealants really reduce tooth decay?
Q. Yes. Studies show that dental sealants can curtail the risk of decay by 70%!
Q. How are dental sealants applied to the teeth?
A. Sealant resin is applied as a liquid, which quickly hardens and adheres tightly to the pits and grooves. The procedure is fast, simple and 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. Your dentist will advise you.
Q. Are sealants just for kids?
A. Not at all! Talk to your La Mesa dentist 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 vital to keep teeth and gums healthy. Even the teeth with sealants are at risk for decay along the gumline.
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