From the time the first tooth arrives it is important to begin proper dental care in order to give your teeth a healthy start and a long, healthy life. Daily brushing and flossing is a good start in maintaining a healthy smile, but it isn’t always enough. Sometimes tooth decay can form regardless of how often you brush and floss. The back teeth, known as the molars and premolars, are more prone to decay due to their structure. They are indented with pits and grooves that are the perfect hiding place for food particles and bacteria to hide where your toothbrush bristles cannot reach. We can help you eliminate this problem by adding sealants to your teeth that will shield them from hiding food and bacteria.
What are sealants?
Sealants are thin, plastic coatings that shield the surface of the back teeth from food and bacteria. The back teeth are the ones susceptible to bacteria and food particles harboring in the grooves and pitted areas and need protection. The procedure entails painting on a liquid substance that dries into a hardened surface over the tooth that acts like a shield. It is done in our office. It is easy and painless and can last up to ten years, as well as Dr. Pinky Penalosa will check them on each regular visit you have with us.
What if you had decay that was covered by a sealant?
Typically decay will spread throughout the tooth and destroy more of it, the longer it goes untreated and get a filling. If you already had decay on a tooth that was not known about and the tooth was sealed, it will stay as it is, protected under the seal. It will not spread due to the supply of air the germs need in order to grow, will be cut off.
Who needs to get sealants?
Children should get sealants as soon as their permanent teeth come in to protect them against decay. The first permanent molars typically come in between the ages of 5 and 7, and the second set of molars will come in between the ages of 11 and 14. These are the teeth that need sealants along with any other teeth that are heavily grooved and prone to decay. Teenagers and adults should get sealants on teeth that also, are prone to harbor food and bacteria and at risk for decay.
Are sealants a new procedure?
Sealants have been around since the 1960’s and although all the studies to prove that they are safe and an effective way of protecting your teeth against decay, still many people do not know they exist. If more people knew they did, they would have protected their teeth with sealants long ago, and would have had their children’s teeth protected as well.
Does insurance cover sealants?
Many insurances will pay for sealants. Check with your insurance company to make sure it is covered, if you need it to be.
Call us today at Oasis Dental in Rancho Cucamonga, California to schedule your appointment with Dr. Pinky Penalosa for yours or your child's sealants and start protecting your smile now.