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June 26th, 2019

What You Need to Know About Dental Sealants

You brush and brush and brush but cavities still develop. You might be able to reach almost every spot in your mouth to rid it of plaque and bacteria but the surface of your molars is difficult to clean. Why? This zone is filled with grooves often too deep and narrow for a toothbrush bristle to reach. When it’s tricky to get this area 100% clean your teeth become easy targets for cavity-causing bacteria.

How do you prevent cavities from forming in your molar zones? Sealants!

Sealants are coatings placed on the chewing surface of your molars and pre-molars resulting in a smooth surface covering over the fissured area. They have been shown to reduce a whopping 80% of the risk of tooth decay in your molars so why not get protection for your teeth?

It’s best to get sealants as soon as your molars come through, usually around age 6-14. Can adults get sealants too? Yes, adults without fillings or decay may benefit from sealants. Sealants are made from a synthetic material and can be clear, slightly tinted or white to match your natural tooth colour.

Will dental sealants make your teeth feel different?

Once the dental sealants material is hardened on your molar, you may feel the coating for the first little while. Using your teeth to chew normally will allow the sealant to wear to the natural height of your bite. Soon, you will not feel anything different than you would before having a sealant administered.

Are dental sealants permanent?

No, but they can last many years and can be replaced if need be.

Do dental sealants hurt?

No, sealants are a non-invasive procedure and neither the procedure or the sealant itself will cause any discomfort.

Should you still use fluoride if you have sealants?

Yes, because these do different things. Sealants keep germs out of the grooves of your teeth while fluoride makes the enamel of your teeth stronger. Both treatments protect you against cavities.

Do you still need to brush and floss the section of teeth where the sealant resides?

Yes, brushing and flossing your teeth is essential to healthy oral hygiene. Sealants will help protect your teeth from cavities but you need to maintain a regular cleaning routine to ensure a healthy mouth sticks around for years to come.

There are varying types of sealants available for you. Your dentist should have options for children and adults. Seal out decay from your teeth by asking your dentist what the best dental sealant is for your situation.

Dr. Gurshant

Medically reviewed by Dr. Gurshant Grewal - a Registered Dentist on June 26th, 2019

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