There are several ways to help in the fight against tooth decay. One way is to have a thin, plastic coating applied directly to your premolars and molars.
This product is referred to as a dental sealant. This sealant acts as a barrier between the molars and food and germ particles that could otherwise lodge in your teeth. This liquid sealant bonds to the grooves and ridges in your molars and forms a protective shield. This sealant is usually not seen when a person smiles or talks. Dental sealants can be clear, white, or slightly tinted.
The people who benefit most from the application of a dental sealant are children between the ages of 6 and 14. The reason for this is because these are the cavity prone years and the sealant is applied as soon as the molars come in. Adults, who do not have fillings or tooth decay, can also benefit from sealants.
Dental sealants are a excellent protection against tooth decay and can last up to 10 years. Along with sealants you need to use a fluoride toothpaste regularly and drink tap water which also contains fluoride. Regular check-ups are also important in preventing cavities and also to check on any chipping or wearing that may occur on the sealants. Dr. Van Treese, at his Sidney, OH dental office would be happy to answer any other questions you may have on dental sealants. Fillings are not permanent so the use of dental sealants could save you time, money and the discomfort of tooth decay.