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Believe it or not, dental sealants are a secret weapon in the fight against cavities. For years, dentists have been using them to protect teeth, especially for children. However, there are many grown-ups who don’t even know about them.

Dental sealants, aka cavity fighters, come in a few different types. What are those types, and how do they work? Let’s find out.

What are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are like tiny shields that protect your teeth, especially those tricky back molars and premolars. These teeth have deep grooves and pits that trap food particles easily, making them prone to cavities.

Sealants act as barriers, preventing food from getting stuck and causing decay. They are popular in pediatric dentistry because they help keep kids’ smiles healthy and prevent early loss of baby teeth.

Who Needs Dental Sealants?

Children and teenagers are ideal candidates for sealants because their molars and premolars have grooves that are prone to decay. However, don’t think of sealants as something for children only. Adults can also benefit from tooth sealants if their molars are free of decay and dental fillings.

Sealants are usually applied to children’s permanent molars and premolars as soon as they emerge, typically between ages 6 – 14, to protect them during these cavity-prone years.

The Different Types of Dental Sealants

There are 3 main types of dental sealants:

  • Resin-Based Sealants

    The most popular type of dental sealants are resin-based sealants. They’re super strong and can easily last up to 10 years with good brushing and flossing. Made of a special plastic, they harden under a light to form a tough shield on your teeth.

  • Glass Ionomer Sealants

    These sealants contain fluoride, a mineral that helps keep your teeth strong and cavity-free. They are not quite as durable as resin-based sealants, but they might be a good option for kids or people at high risk of cavities.

  • Compomer Sealants

    Compomer sealants are a mix of the other two types of dental sealants. They’re stronger than glass ionomer sealants but may not last as long as resin-based ones.

Which Dental Sealants Are Better?

Now if you’re unsure about which dental sealant is right for you, don’t worry because both glass ionomer and composite resin are excellent choices. Here’s a breakdown to help you pick one:

  • Durability: Resin-based dental sealants can last longer, acting as a tougher shield against cavities.
  • Effective Cavity Prevention: Packed with fluoride, it releases this cavity-fighting mineral for extra protection.
  • Appearance: Resin-based sealants blend in better with your natural teeth, making it less noticeable.
  • Cost: Resin-based sealants are cheaper than glass ionomer dental sealants.

*Note: Talking to your dentist can help you pick the perfect sealant type to keep your smile healthy and strong.

In Short

Dental sealants are an easy and effective way to prevent tooth decay and maintain good oral health. There are different types of sealants, each with unique benefits and limitations. Understanding these can help you make an informed decision and avoid costly dental procedures.

If you have any other questions about dental sealants, contact Royalty Dental Associates. Call (281) 288-0900 for our Interstate Highway 45 location or (281) 655-0500 for our Spring Cypress Rd location.

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