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Check out the following frequently asked questions to learn more about sealants:
What is a sealant?
A sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is applied to the crevices in the biting surfaces of the teeth. This coating provides added reinforcement to fight against plaque. Sealants are commonly applied to the permanent molars due to their hard-to-reach position in the mouth.
How does a sealant prevent tooth decay?
Tooth decay (cavities) begins by the erosion of your tooth enamel. When the hard enamel of your tooth is eroded, your tooth is left susceptible to the acids and sugars that are in your food and drinks. A sealant acts as a barrier and helps to prevent plaque from getting to those hard to clean areas.
How can I prevent tooth decay?
Prevent tooth decay by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing between your teeth, limiting your intake of sugary foods and drinks, and visiting Dr. Strandburg for a professional cleaning, exam, and x-rays every six months.
Why is a professional cleaning necessary?
While we encourage you to clean your teeth daily, scheduling a cleaning at least twice a year is important for your oral health. We are able to clean your teeth better than your toothbrush can and use professional equipment to clean hard-to-reach areas in your mouth. This along with yearly x-rays allows for early detection of tooth decay.
Who should receive a sealant?
Children, teenagers, and adults alike can receive sealants if necessary. Cavities are most common in kids when they are between six-years-old and 14-years-old. To add an extra reinforcement against cavities, sealants are the answer!
Learn more about sealants and the additional services we offer! Call us at 478-287-2179 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Strandburg.