Cavities causing bacteria breed in areas around the molars as it’s their favorite place due to its inaccessibility advantage. Usually we brush once or twice a day and even floss but reaching out to areas like molars back side is not easy and many a times we give it a miss. The area around the molar is rough and uneven as well. So, the question is how do you protect your molars from the wrath of the mouth bacteria’s?
The answer is by using sealants. You can keep your teeth clean and cavities at bay with the help of sealants, a thin and protective coating that is made from dental material like plastic, etc. and is adhered to the chewing region at the back of your teeth. Brushing and flossing is obviously a routine that has to be followed but sealants can definitely help in keeping cavities at bay and stop further decay of teeth if there already is an early stage of decay.
Sealants have the ability to reduce the risk factors of tooth decay by as much as 80% in molars. This becomes significant advantage when dealing with dental health of children. As per a report released by the Center for Disease control, school going students who do not use sealants are three time more prone to cavities then the school children who are.
Sealants are very much like raincoats. The way a raincoat protects the body from rain, sealants protect your molars from cavity causing bacteria. Cavity causing bacteria feed on left-over food particles and can cause holes in teeth called cavities. The role of the sealants is to keep these food particles at bay thus stopping the bacteria as well as the acid from settling down on your teeth.
Application of sealants is quite an easy procedure. You need to fix up an appointment with your dentist for that. The dentist examines your teeth, cleans and dries then before applying the acidic gel to them. The gel is used to roughen up the surface of the tooth so that the bond between the tooth and sealant is strong enough. A few seconds later the dentist will rise the gel off and dry your tooth again. The second step involves the application of sealant in the teeth grooves. The dentist then hardens the sealant with the help of a blue light. Many sealants are transparent in nature so the dentists can check from time to time on the tooth decay issues. Though sealants rarely cause any harm, they do have a negligible amount of BPA in them but not as much that can cause harm. They are long lasting but a periodical check is recommended so that if they come out reapplication can be done.
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