What are dental sealants ?

Dental sealants are a type of preventive dental treatment that is used to protect teeth from decay. They are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars) to prevent the accumulation of bacteria and food particles in the deep grooves and fissures of the teeth.

Dental sealants create a smooth, easy-to-clean surface that prevents the buildup of plaque and bacteria in the hard-to-reach areas of the molars and premolars. The application of dental sealants is a painless and non-invasive procedure that involves cleaning and drying the teeth, applying an acid solution to roughen the surface, and then applying the sealant material onto the surface of the teeth.

Dental sealants are most commonly used in children and teenagers, as they are more susceptible to developing cavities in their molars and premolars due to their difficulty in cleaning these teeth thoroughly. However, dental sealants can also be used in adults who have deep grooves and fissures in their teeth that are prone to decay.

 

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