It is fairly easy to avoid getting cavities – be diligent about brushing and flossing every day, avoid foods and drinks high in sugar, and make sure to have regular cleanings in Chicago, IL. For extra protection, consider dental sealants. These are plastic coatings that are placed on the occlusal (chewing) surfaces of the bicuspids and molars to act as a barrier between the tooth surface and food and bacteria to protect the teeth from decay. Both adults and children can receive dental sealants, but they are more often recommended for children as they are still developing their oral hygiene skills. The treatment is simple, quick, and costs less than fillings, so it’s easy to see why it’s popular. You can find it at Urban Smiles Dental.
The procedure to have dental sealants applied takes just one appointment. First, the teeth receiving sealants will be cleaned and prepped. The sealant material will be applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth in the form of a varnish, then cured, or hardened, with a special light. The sealant will bond directly with the tooth enamel so that when it is set, the teeth are protected against decay. Sealants are long-lasting but may need to be reapplied after a few years.
Dental professionals consider sealants to be a safe and affordable option in preventive dentistry for children and teens. Adults can also receive the treatment, but this is less common. It should be noted that teeth that have been treated are not immune to decay – good oral hygiene practices will still have to be kept. This means that children who have received dental sealants should still be encouraged to brush and floss daily, especially after consuming foods high in sugar or starches.
Some patients may have concerns about a chemical called bisphenol-A, or BPA, in dental sealants. However, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), the low level of BPA exposure from dental sealants presents no known health risks, and the association assures patients that the treatment is a safe option.
If you are concerned about cavities, either for yourself or for your family, make an appointment at Urban Smiles Dental for a dental sealant treatment in Chicago, IL.