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Sealants and tooth decay

Dental cavities more commonly known as the tooth decay is now getting widely distributed in all regions among all groups of people. It is actually an infection caused by bacteria in origin. The hard tissues of the tooth are degraded by the acids secreted by the bacteria. The actual problem is after the decay when the bacteria start to feed on your tissues which may cause severe pain in the area. When the bacteria have infected the soft tissue part or the region around the tooth, it may cause complications such as cavernous sinus thrombosis and Ludwig angina which can be life-threatening.

How to prevent tooth decay?

Every one of us knows that, “Prevention is better than cure”. We may also be aware that proper brushing and flossing may avoid tooth decay. They may remove the food particles but they cannot reach the back of the teeth to make effective clean throughout the area. These are the vulnerable regions where the bacteria can get their access from.

Where do sealants come into play?

Sealants are nothing but protective coatings that are put over the teeth prohibiting the bacteria from entering the teeth. These are plastic coatings that are applied particularly on the grooves on the chewing surfaces on the back of the teeth which is the most common places for the tooth decay to start mainly in case of the teens and the children.

How are sealants put on?

Once tooth decay is detected, it is wise to put on the sealant almost immediately to prevent further decay. It is also important to choose a trained dentist to do it perfectly as there are many sensitivity concerns in this part. Alkali Dental Studios offers the perfect procedure to put on the sealants. The infected or the decayed tooth is first cleaned and it may sometimes require drilling to determine the extent of decay. It is followed with the application of acids to prevent the sealant from sticking to the tooth. Then the sealant is applied on the teeth and then it is allowed to harden and sometimes a curing light may be used to harden the sealant.

Why sealants are so important?

It is wise to have sealants applied on the vulnerable areas to prevent the germ build up and stop them from entering the tooth to destroy the tissues. It will save the money by minimizing costs such as fillings, inlays or crowns which may occur in the future in the absence of the sealants. Dentally, sealants are a must part in a child’s total dental care. A complete preventive dental program also includes fluoride, twice-daily brushing, wise food choices, and regular dental checkups and visit to the dentist and hygienist. Sealing a tooth is better than waiting for the tooth to decay and then filling the cavity. Decay may damage the teeth permanently. Sealants are those that protect them. Sealants can last up to 10 years but they have to be checked regularly with a dentist to prevent it from chipping away or getting worn away. So, get your tooth sealed today and prohibit the bacteria from entering and eating your tooth away.

Healthy teeth are happy teeth!

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