Do you know what purpose dental sealants pose is? Dental sealants are amazing high-tech dentistry treatments that can protect your teeth with specialized gels to coat them. Although your body naturally produces a layer on your teeth called tooth enamel, it can be easily damaged. However, acids in your mouth cannot break through the dental sealants.
Dental sealants are safe for all ages, but should only begin to be used for children around the age of six, which is when their first molars grow in. By coating the molars of children, they become over three times less likely to develop cavities that children without sealants. This has been proven in a study done by the Center for Disease Control.
In separate studies, it has been estimated that dental sealants can reduce the risk of tooth decay by as much as 80%. In addition, sealants can work effectively for over a decade before they may need to be repaired or replaced. Because the gels are clear, your dentist can easily determine if they are holding strong, or another application will need to be used.
To schedule an oral exam at T.F. Chen DDS, simply book an appointment at our dentist office in Glendale, California, with Dr. T.F. Chen and the rest of our team. We can be reached at 818-502-1991. Visit us today, and enjoy the summer with a sealed smile!