At Kernagis Dental Excellence in Tampa, we are committed to the dental health of each of our patients. We use every tool available to us, and for our young patients that means offering dental sealants.
Dental sealants are more common today than they once were, and sometimes parents aren’t sure what they are. So we’ll use this space to answer some of the more common questions about them.
Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are permanent plastic barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. They prevent cavities by filling in the grooves and fissures where food particles are particularly difficult to remove. Most Tampa pediatric dentists and family dentists offer sealants to their patients.
A. Do sealants significantly reduce tooth decay?
Q. Yes. Studies show that dental sealants can reduce the risk of decay by 70%!
Q. How are dental sealants applied to the teeth?
A. Your dentist applies the sealant resin as a liquid which quickly hardens and adheres tightly to the pits and grooves. The procedure is speedy, straightforward and painless.
Q. Which teeth can benefit the most from sealants?
A. Sealants are most commonly applied to the first and second molars because they are at the highest risk for decay.
Q. When should sealants be applied?
A. The best time is early – while the teeth are cavity-free. Your dentist will advise you.
Q. Are sealants just for kids?
A. Not necessarily. Though cavities are more common in kids, they happen at every age, so adults can benefit from them too.
Q. Is brushing and flossing still necessary for the teeth with sealants?
A. Yes. Vigilant oral hygiene is still critical to keep teeth and gums healthy. Even the teeth with sealants are at risk for decay along the gumline.
At Kernagis Dental Excellence in Tampa, we want the best dental health of each of our patients. Ours services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.