Maintaining dental hygiene by regularly brushing and flossing, and maintaining a good diet, is a must if you want your teeth to avoid damage. Apart from these two ways, there is one more recommended way to protect your teeth, namely by installing dental sealants.
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are protective coatings made of various materials such as plastics, metals, and some. This layer is more often applied to the molars that are most susceptible to damage, such as cavities. The purpose of installing dental sealants itself is also to prevent cavities from appearing, and it can even prevent the widening of the cavities that have already appeared. But, please note, even though this dental sealant can help prevent tooth decay, it doesn't mean we don't need to brush and floss. Dental sealants are actually only as additional protection so that your teeth are protected optimally.
The use of dental sealants is also not limited to adults. Children are even recommended to attach dental sealants to prevent tooth decay from an early age. So the earlier, the better.
What Are the Side Effects of Dental Sealants? And what is the installation procedure?
Apart from the effects due to allergies that patients have to the materials used, dental sealants are very safe and minimal, even there are almost no side effects. So if you have allergies, you can consult before installation.
Dental sealants are also painless and the installation process is very fast. The doctor will clean your teeth first and dry your teeth. After that, your teeth will be smeared with a gel that makes the tooth surface rough so that the teeth and protective layer can blend properly. After a while, the gel will be cleaned and your teeth will dry again. Furthermore, the protective layer is applied and exposed to harden and adhere well.
Why are Dental Sealants Recommended?
Apart from not causing side effects, dental sealants can last for years. That means your teeth will be protected for a long time and you don't have to pay more than if your teeth are damaged due to dental caries. But, once again, keep in mind that using dental sealants does not mean you are free from the obligation to brush your teeth, floss, and maintain your diet!
Ref: ADA, American Dental Association.