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Brushing and flossing are the two critical at-home oral hygiene practices every individual should perform daily. They protect teeth from plaque buildup and acids. These acids attack tooth enamel and gradually erodes it. While at-home care is essential, there’s only so much you can do from the comfort of your bathroom. Your teeth have deep fissures and pits, and no amount of vigorous brushing and meticulous flossing can extract the plaque inside them. To remedy the situation, you need to make an appointment with Cornerstone Dental Centre in Fort Saskatchewan, AB. Dental sealants are a safe and non-invasive method of closing the fissures and crevices, making it easier to maintain plaque-free teeth.
Dental Sealants and Preventative Pediatric Dentistry
If a Cornerstone Dental Centre dentist feels a sealant is an appropriate treatment, we’ll let you know during your annual checkup. That’s one more reason why preventative dentistry is so important! Dental sealants are nothing to be wary about. Think of them like an umbrella. You can’t stop rains from falling, but an umbrella keeps you dry. Sealants do the same thing for your teeth. Parents should start thinking about sealants as part of their children’s dental care at a young age. Typically, a child’s first set of molars breakthrough beginning at six years old with the second set emerging around 12. Sealing them immediately protects your child’s teeth from the get-go. And if you’re worried about causing pain or discomfort to your kids, don’t be. Sealants are quick and entirely painless. But dental sealants aren’t merely for children.
How Cornerstone Dental Centre Applies a Dental Sealant
Adults who never received sealants can still benefit from this treatment. Our dental professionals frequently apply them over cavities because these areas are vulnerable to further damage. A sealant can reinforce the filling procedure and keep those areas healthy while safeguarding against future problems. They’re durable – lasting up to ten years – but a dentist needs to clean your teeth to make them last. If we recommend a sealant and you give the go-ahead, the procedure will work like this:
- First, our dentist cleans and dries your teeth.
- Next, they’ll apply an acidic gel to the tooth or teeth.
- The gel roughens your tooth so that the sealant can adhere correctly.
- After a few seconds, our dentist rinses off the gel.
- Then, they apply the sealant onto the grooves of your tooth.
- Finally, we use a specialized blue light to harden the sealant.
Benefits of Receiving Dental Sealants
Cornerstone Dental Centre wouldn’t use dental sealants if we weren’t thoroughly convinced of their advantages. We pride ourselves on providing the best dental care to our patients. One of the ways we do so is by embracing every resource available to promote excellent oral health. Sealants offer numerous benefits to adults and children, including:
- They protect against up to 80% of cavities for two years after Cornerstone Dental Centre applies them to your teeth.
- Over the next four years, they prevent up to 50% of cavities.
- They’re non-invasive, conservative, and affordable.
- School-age children without sealants are three times as likely to develop cavities, proving their effectiveness in pediatric cases.
- They’re an essential tool in preventing long-term damage to your tooth, which can include severe gum disease and tooth loss, among other things.
Why Preventing Tooth Decay Is So Critical
Preventing tooth decay is a significant benefit of dental sealants. Nobody wants to experience tooth decay. At a minimum, patients with tooth decay experience frequent cavities and root canals. But tooth decay has other more severe consequences. Dental sealants significantly minimize – but don’t eliminate – the risks associated with tooth decay. Engaging in high-quality oral hygiene habits, visiting the dentist once a year, and getting sealants are excellent ways to avoid:
- Unsightly white spots
- Enamel decay
- Dentin decay
- Involvement of pulp
- Abscess formation
- Tooth loss
Make an Appointment with Us to Discuss Dental Sealants
Fort Saskatchewan’s Cornerstone Dental Centre wants to help you along your journey to exemplary teeth. Sealants are the first step! If you’re a parent with young children, don’t delay. Dental sealants can protect them from cavities for up to ten years. And if you’re an adult, a sealant can cover a cavity to prevent further damage. They help prevent dental decay and can even prevent tooth loss. But they’re only as effective as your at-home oral habits. If you’ve recently received a sealant, continue to brush it and contact Cornerstone Dental Centre to schedule your annual checkup!