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What are Sealants and How Do They Prevent Cavities

Posted on 5/9/2022 by Dr. Frank K. Sioda
What are Sealants and How Do They Prevent CavitiesA dental sealant is a thin sheet or coating applied on the surface of the teeth, especially posterior chewing teeth, to prevent them from damage, like cavities.

Sealants are only expected to last not more than a year. The sealant is preventive and does not cause damage after repair. Getting dental sealants is unnecessary and can be avoided by maintaining proper oral hygiene. Our doctor's advice is for you to eat more healthy food and reduce quick snacks. We also schedule visits to our patients.

Benefits of Sealants in Preventing Tooth Cavities

Getting sealants in your teeth is a fast and painless procedure usually completed in one office visit. The dentist needs to prepare for the sealant placement by cleaning and drying the area and then proceeds to apply an acidic cream to the teeth surface. The gel is then washed off, and the sealant is applied. It will then be cured or hardened on the teeth with a dental laser or special curing light. The creation of a good teeth surface for attaching the sealant helps maintain the long-term quality of the sealant material. Sealants can also treat multiple teeth issues.

Sealants cover the chewing surfaces of the back teeth and keep out germs and food. Sealants mainly prevent tooth decay. Although dental fluoride treatments and fluoride in toothpaste, mouth rinses, and drinking water help protect the enamel surfaces of teeth, posterior teeth need more protection.

Sealants may provide added protection to the tooth for several years with significant dental health care before necessitating reapplication. Patients who are highly concerned about maintaining clean teeth are recommended for sealants should the dentist notice deep crevices on back teeth. They are considered an excellent choice for providing additional protection for the teeth by preventing tooth decay and caries.
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Dr. Frank Sioda
18676 Willamette Dr. Suite 202
West Linn, OR 97068-1718

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