For brushing to be an effective preventative measure, you have to properly brush your teeth for at least two minutes.
But, even with proper brushing, there are areas in the mouth which are difficult to brush, making them susceptible to tooth decay. The grooves and fissures of molars make them hard areas to properly brush.
So how can you protect your teeth from tooth decay? Dental sealants at Your Gold Coast Dentist are an effective solution. Read on to learn more.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental or fissure sealants are thin, protective coatings made of plastic. They are best applied to children’s molars but can also be applied to adults to halt early stages of tooth decay. By coating the teeth with sealants, plaque can’t stick to them, therefore stopping tooth decay.
We recommend getting dental sealants for children. Their newly erupted molars are protected immediately. Dental sealants can also be used by adults with early signs of tooth decay.
Why are sealants placed on teeth?
The molars are areas in the mouth that are difficult to brush. Their position, plus the grooves and fissures, cause this difficulty. This is more evident in children. Children are still mastering the skill of brushing their teeth. Without adult supervision, they tend to be bad at brushing.
How long do sealants last?
Sealants can last up to 7-15 years with proper care. Once they’ve outlived their use, we recommend a new dental sealant in place of the old one.
Benefits Of Dental Sealants
Dental sealants, just like all preventive dentistry services, focus on prevention. The following are the advantages and benefits of dental sealants.
- Keep your teeth from tooth decay
- Looks and feel natural on the mouth
- No known side effects
- Reduce risk of tooth decay by 90%
- Cheaper compared to costs of dental treatments for possible dental problems
- Comfortable and painless
Getting your dental sealant only takes three steps and one dental appointment. Ideal candidates undergo the following:
The target teeth are cleaned to remove plaque and tartar. The surfaces are roughened with an acidic gel. This is important for the sealant to bond properly.
After the surfaces are roughened, the sealant is applied using a brush. A curing light is focused on the tooth for about 30 seconds to harden the sealant.
Your dentist will check the result to ensure accuracy.
Tooth Decay-Free At Your Gold Coast Dentist
Come and visit us today to see if you are an ideal candidate for this dental procedure. At Your Gold Coast Dentist, there’s nothing more we want than helping you achieve tooth decay-free.
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Call (07) 5594 6699 or visit us at Gold Coast Parkwood Piazza, Shop 10/300 Olsen Avenue in Parkwood on the Gold Coast.
Evening and Saturday appointments available!