What is Protective Sealants?
Sealants are a thin protective layer of resin coating which is applied on the permanent molars. Baby molars can also get sealants as needed. The purpose of applying sealants is to prevent tooth decay. They seal off grooves and fissures where bacteria can accumulate, helping to prevent decay.
The application of sealants is a painless and straightforward procedure done by a dentist or dental hygienist. It involves cleaning the tooth surface, applying an acidic gel to roughen the surface, rinsing the gel, and then applying the sealant material, which is usually a resin that bonds directly to the tooth and hardens quickly. Sealants can last for several years but may need to be checked during regular dental check-ups and replaced if necessary. They are a valuable preventive measure to protect children’s teeth from decay and promote better oral health.
Benefits of Dental Sealants
- 1. Cavity Prevention: Sealants significantly reduce the risk of developing cavities in the protected teeth, especially in children who may have difficulty maintaining proper oral hygiene.
- 2. Cost-Effective: Applying sealants is a relatively simple and cost-effective preventive measure compared to treating cavities later on, potentially saving on future dental costs.
- 3. Painless and Non-Invasive: The procedure for applying sealants is painless and non-invasive, requiring no drilling or removal of tooth structure. It’s usually a quick process performed in a dental office.
- 4. Long-Lasting Protection: Sealants can last several years with proper care and routine check-ups. They provide durable protection during the cavity-prone years of a child’s development.
- 5. Promotion of Better Oral Health: By reducing the risk of cavities, sealants contribute to improved oral health, potentially preventing the need for more extensive dental treatments in the future.