The Purpose of Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are applied to act as a shield over the enamel of the teeth. This thin, plastic coating is painted on the depressions and grooves of the molars and premolars. The plastic coating acts as a barrier against germs, preventing tooth decay. Patients ranging from 6 to 14 are the primary target for dental sealants, as these
are the cavity prone years. The dental sealants can be beneficial to adults as well if there is no decay or fillings. These sealants are only visible up close and can be clear, white, or slightly tinted.
Dental sealants do not replace the daily fluoride that you receive from toothpastes, mouthwash and tap water. Fluorides and sealants used together can help prevent tooth decay. Having Dr. Swedberg apply sealants in her Toms River, NJ dental office could prevent tooth decay for up to 10 years, but the need for regular dental check-ups with Dr.Swedberg are important to stay up on any chipping or cracking that may occur.
Sealants can help save time and money that may be spent filling a cavity. Sealants will also help you avoid the discomfort of dental work caused by tooth decay, which damages the tooth permanently.