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Irvine Dental Sealants


Dental sealants are thin resin coatings painted on the chewing surface of the back teeth. Sealants are put on in dentists' offices, clinics, and sometimes in schools. Getting dental sealants put on is simple and painless. Dental sealants are painted on as a liquid and quickly harden to form a shield over the tooth. Dental sealants are clear or tinted. Tinted sealants are easier to see.
By covering the chewing surfaces of the teeth, sealants keep out the bacteria that cause decay.
Bacteria in the mouth use our food and create acid. The acid can eat a cavity in the tooth. Once there is decay inside the tooth, it has to be cleaned out by drilling and then the tooth has to be filled. Of course a healthy tooth is the best tooth. So it is important to prevent decay. That's why dental sealants are so important.
The chewing surfaces of back teeth are rough and uneven because they have small pits and grooves. Bacteria can stay in the pits and grooves for a long time because toothbrush bristles cannot brush them away.
Children should get dental sealants on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in and before decay attacks the teeth. The first permanent molars are called 6 year molars. They come in between the ages of 5 and 7. The second permanent molars are called 12 year molars. They come in when a child is between 11 and 14 years old. The other teeth with pits and grooves are called premolars or bicuspids. They are located right in front of the molars, also may need to be sealed. Teenagers and young adults without decay or fillings in their molars also may get dental sealants.
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