When you drink or eat foods with sugar, germs in your mouth use the sugar to create acids. Over time, the acids can cause tooth decay, or cavities.
Fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water may shield the smooth surfaces of teeth, however back teeth require extra protection. Food and germs become trapped in their own rough and jagged chewing surfaces, and toothbrush bristles can not always get them blank. That is where sealants come in.
Sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of back teeth to keep out germs and food. They prevent cavities from forming. And when a little cavity is accidentally covered by a sealant, the decay won’t spread because fresh germs are sealed out and germs trapped inside are sealed away from their food source.
Many people still don’t understand about sealants. In actuality, just 30% of kids in america have sealants on their teeth.
Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in, before decay attacks them. Teens and young adults that are vulnerable to corrosion might also need sealants. Sealants can save you time and money in the future by helping you avoid the fillings, caps and crowns used to fix decayed teeth. Speak with your dentist about sealants to your family.