Ben and Gary Show - Episode 66

Oct 10, 2019

Dental Sealants  - Why Do We Need Them

Dental sealants coat the surfaces of molars and bicuspids to protect them from decay. They are most often used in children.

Sealants smooth out the grooves in tooth surfaces to keep them from trapping food and causing decay. They are great for children who may not brush that well.

How Are They Applied?

Teeth must be prepared before sealants can be applied. Teeth surfaces must be dry for the sealant to adhere.

Once sealants are applied, they are light cured, then adjusted to fit the bite exactly. The process is similar to sealing cracks in your driveway. 

Sealants protect the surfaces of teeth but the areas between teeth are still vulnerable to decay. Flossing and regular dental visits are still necessary. So sorry.

Sealants may last for several years. 

Are Sealants Safe?

Sealants do contain EPAs, though many are being reformulated without them. Some fear that sealants may not be safe. Sealants, however, are in a form that does not break down and leak BPAs.







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