Journal of Clinical Dentistry and Oral Health

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Rapid Communication - Journal of Clinical Dentistry and Oral Health (2023) Volume 7, Issue 3

The Benefits and Importance of Dental Sealants for Protecting Teeth from Decay

Jonathan Kopel*

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Texas Tech University, USA.

*Corresponding Author:
Jonathan Kopel
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Texas Tech University

Received:28-Apr-2023,Manuscript No. AACDOH-23-97761; Editor assigned:01-May-2023,PreQC No. AACDOH-23-97761(PQ); Reviewed:16-May-2023,QC No. AACDOH-23-97761; Revised:20-May-2023, Manuscript No. AACDOH-22-97761(R); Published:27-May-2023,DOI:10.35841/aacdoh-7.3.145

Citation: Jonathan Kopel. The benefits and importance of dental sealants for protecting teeth from decay. J Clin Dentistry Oral Health.2023;7(3):145

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Dental sealants are a preventive dental treatment that can help protect teeth from decay and cavities. Sealants are a thin, protective coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, where decay is most likely to occur. In this article, we will explore what dental sealants are, how they work, and why they are an important part of maintaining good oral health. Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth premolars and molars. The sealant material flows into the pits and grooves of the teeth, creating a smooth, protective barrier that helps prevent food and bacteria from getting trapped and causing decay. Dental sealants are typically applied to children's permanent teeth as soon as they come in, between the ages of 6 and 14, but adults can also benefit from sealants.[1].

Dental sealants work by creating a barrier between the tooth surface and bacteria, acid, and food particles that can lead to decay. The sealant material fills in the pits and grooves of the tooth, creating a smooth surface that is easier to clean with regular brushing and flossing. Sealants are most effective when they are applied soon after the teeth erupt, before decay has a chance to develop. Dental sealants are an important part of maintaining good oral health because they can prevent decay and cavities from forming. The chewing surfaces of the back teeth are particularly susceptible to decay because they contain many pits and grooves that are difficult to clean with a toothbrush. Even with regular brushing and flossing, it can be challenging to remove all of the food and bacteria that can become trapped in these areas. Dental sealants provide an additional layer of protection against decay, reducing the risk of cavities and the need for more invasive dental treatments.[2].

The process for getting dental sealants is simple and painless. First, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned and dried. Then, a special gel is applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth to help the sealant material adhere properly. The gel is rinsed off, and the teeth are dried again. The sealant material is then applied to the teeth and hardened using a special light. The entire process takes only a few minutes per tooth and is typically completed during a regular dental check-up. There are very few side effects or risks associated with dental sealants. Some people may experience a slight sensitivity to cold or pressure after the sealants are applied, but this typically goes away within a few days. In rare cases, an allergic reaction to the sealant material may occur, but this is extremely rare.[3].

Dental sealants are a simple and effective way to protect teeth from decay and cavities. They are an important part of maintaining good oral health, particularly for children and teenagers. If you or your child have not yet had dental sealants applied, talk to your dentist about whether this preventive treatment is right for you. With regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, along with the protection provided by dental sealants, you can help ensure a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles.[4].

It is important to note that dental sealants are not a substitute for good oral hygiene practices. Regular brushing and flossing, along with a healthy diet, are still the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay and maintain good oral health. However, dental sealants can provide an additional layer of protection that can be particularly beneficial for children and teenagers who may not yet have developed good oral hygiene habits. One of the biggest advantages of dental sealants is their durability. Sealants can last for several years with proper care, and they can be easily replaced if they become worn or damaged. This means that sealants can provide long-lasting protection against decay and cavities, reducing the need for more invasive and expensive dental treatments in the future.[5].


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