How Dental Sealants Fight Cavities

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Cavities are caused by tooth decay, which is nearly 100 percent preventable. A healthy diet, regular dental visits and good dental hygiene are among the most basic steps to keeping your teeth healthy and strong. However, preventive treatments such as dental sealants can also help you in the fight against cavities. One study showed that kids with dental sealants are nearly 80 percent less likely to have cavities than those without fillings. Sealants are even more effective when combined with dental fluoride treatments. Our Northridge dentist can help you decide if sealants are right for you.

Sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars. They are clear and bond securely to the teeth where they can stay in place for 5 to 7 years. We can apply sealants in a single dental appointment. First, the teeth to be sealed will be cleaned and slightly roughened to enhance the bond between the tooth and the sealant. Next, the liquid sealant will be painted onto the tooth, and a UV light is directed onto the treated tooth to cure the sealant. There is no drilling or discomfort, and the entire process takes less time than a dental filling.

When combined with a healthy diet, brushing, flossing, professional care and fluoride treatments, sealants can significantly reduce the risk of cavities by preventing bacteria from accessing the fissures and pits on the chewing surfaces of teeth. Call our expert in dental sealants in Northridge to schedule your appointment.

How Dental Sealants Fight Cavities

Effectiveness of Dental Sealants

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Dental sealants are often recommended for children as soon as their permanent molars erupt, but they can also be used for adults. Sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of these teeth and help protect the surfaces from bacteria and plaque. Our Santa Clara dentist can help you decide if sealants are right for you. According to the NIH, dental sealants are highly effective and offer one hundred percent protection in completely sealed pits and fissures.

The pits and fissures of the molars are one of the highest risk surfaces of the teeth when it comes to cavities. According to the National Dental Caries Prevalence Survey, eighty-four percent of cavities in kids who are between the ages of five and seventeen occur in the pits and fissures. Sealants cover the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars and prevent bacterial contamination and acid damage, which cause tooth decay and cavities. Once sealants are placed, they can last several years, and are easy to replace as needed.

Call our office today to learn more about how dental sealants can protect your child’s teeth against cavities, or to schedule an appointment with our expert in dental sealants in Santa Clara.

Effectiveness of Dental Sealants