Sealants

Sealants

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A sealant is a coating that protects a tooth from decay. It can also be used to help stop the progression of early signs of decay on the chewing surface of a tooth. When teeth are treated with sealants, they are less likely to get cavities. Sealants can be applied quickly and painlessly.

How sealants are applied

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Tooth surface before a sealant is applied.

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Tooth surface protected by a sealant.

How sealants help prevent decay

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The chewing surfaces of a molar (magnified) have pits and grooves that trap plaque and bits of food.

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Even a toothbrush bristle is too big to reach inside a groove in the tooth (magnified).

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Mar 18, 2019 | Posted by in Dental Hygiene | Comments Off on Sealants
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