Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are a plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often.
Brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food.
Sealants are easy for your dentist to apply. The sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and may last several years before a reapplication is needed. During your regular dental visits, your dentist will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary.
The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious candidates. But adults can benefit from sealants as well. (ADA)
For more information on dental sealants contact one of our dental professionals.
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Our body, teeth and gums need vitamins and minerals to stay strong and healthy. To ensure proper tooth development and strength, babies, children, adults and seniors need lots of:
- calcium (e.g. yogurt, milk, some cheese)
- phosphorous (e.g. egg, beef, chicken, turkey, halibut, bread)
- vitamin A (e.g. liver, pumpkin, carrots, sweet potato, mango, spinach, broccoli)
- vitamin C (e.g. citrus fruits, cantaloupe, strawberries, tomatoes, cabbage)
- vitamin D (e.g. trout, mackerel, salmon, tuna, egg yolk, milk)
Calcium (with help from phosphorous and Vitamin D) is the main component of teeth and bones. It’s what keeps them strong. But we can’t forget about vitamin A because it’s necessary for the formation of tooth enamel or vitamin C which is essential for healthy gums.
Be sure to also drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Tap water also contains fluoride which helps prevent tooth decay. It also helps restore and harden enamel. (ODA)