Say “stop” to cavities! The sealing of dental grooves, pits, and fissures is a dental prevention approach that is efficient, painless, quick, and simple. This technique provides a barrier on the surface of the tooth that will prevent the onset of tooth decav.
We know that, unfortunately, cavities can appear suddenly and expand very rapidly in the mouth of a child. In extensive and multiple dental caries, it will probably be advisable to consult with a dentist who specializes in child dentistry.
But did you know that dental sealants are efficient in prevention?
The dental sealant, what is it?
About 70% of cavities start around the dental grooves. The dental sealant covers these grooves with a resin coating that acts like protective varnish. The resin coating prevents bacteria proliferation (which are the main cause of cavities), especially in the regions that are not reached by the toothbrush.
This technique is an ideal prevention tool for children, from the age of 6 on, or as soon as the first permanent molars appear. The sealants can sometimes be an efficient solution for any person at any age.
The dental sealing procedure steps
After a clinical examination and a dental X-ray (when required), the dentist establishes a diagnostic for the application of the sealant.
The dentist or the dental hygienist cleans the tooth that will be protected and applies a gel that will cause the resin to adhere to the tooth. He or she then applies the resin sealant and light cures it with a lamp. This technique is painless and does not require any anaesthesia. In addition, the sealant remains invisible when smiling or talking.
The teeth are thus protected against cavities!
It is, of course, advisable to consult with your dentist in Montreal or with your dental hygienist for check-ups… These professionals will then detect possible anomalies and ensure that the tooth sealant is not worn (that it still protects against the possible development of cavities).
The advantages of dental sealant:
- prevents dental plaque from adhering to the deep grooves,
- prevents the development of cavities,
- protects the teeth located in remote part of the mouth, in places that are hard to reach with the toothbrush,
- covers the dental grooves, pits, and fissures where bacteria and food accumulate,
- it is a money-saving technique: the application of sealant costs less than the dentist’s intervention in the treatment of a cavity.
The dental health professionals recommend the dental sealant as a means of preventing tooth decay, especially frequent with children.