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Why You Should Get Sealants to Reduce Your Risk of Tooth Decay

July 11, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Russell D. Mann
general dentistry | manchester nh

Looking for a way to reduce your risk of tooth decay? While good oral hygiene is most important, there is one more thing you can try – sealants. This small and painless procedure can be done in just a few minutes at your next dental appointment.

What Are Sealants?
Sealants are a thin coating that goes on top of the surface of your molars. This plastic layer prevents bacteria from attacking your teeth, lowering your risk of cavities. Dentists usually apply them to the chewing surface, which is where decay is most likely to occur.

Here are a few reasons why they are such a good idea.

They’re Easy to Put Apply

The process is very straightforward. During a sealant appointment, your dentist will clean and dry your teeth. Then, they’ll apply an acidic gel that roughens up the surface of the tooth so that the sealant will adhere better. After rinsing off this gel, the dentist will apply the sealant and use a blue light to harden it.

Anyone Can Get Them

While sealant procedures are most commonly done on children, people of all ages can get sealants. As long as your teeth are healthy and don’t already have cavities, you can benefit from this treatment.

Some Insurance Plans Cover Them

Depending on the type of dental insurance you have, sealants might be covered. If they are, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have this procedure done.

They Last a Long Time

When you get sealants, they’re going to last you for several years. Most survive up to 10 years, after which they should be replaced. Don’t worry though, because your dentist will check their condition at every dental appointment.

They Save You Money

Sure, sealants do cost some money to get put on. However, they’ll end up saving you big by preventing cavities. You won’t have to pay for expensive crowns, fillings, or caps to repair your damage teeth.

As you can see, if you don’t already have sealants, you should look into getting them right away. Get started by calling our office and scheduling an appointment.

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