Although brushing and flossing your teeth are the most effective ways of preventing cavities and tooth decay, dental sealants are an added layer of protection that are both affordable and painless.
Sealants are a thin coating applied to the teeth one by one, protecting them from cavities and other potentially expensive and painful damage. They are most commonly used on children, particularly when their molars begin to come through since those teeth are at a higher risk of tooth decay.
How they work
Sealants work by filling up the grooves and pits on teeth that are more difficult to clean and prone to decay and damage. They help create teeth that are smooth and perfectly rounded, making them easier to clean and keep healthy.
The application process is very simple and is a service widely offered at dental clinics across the country. Your dentist will start by thoroughly cleaning and drying your teeth. After that, the sealant will be applied into the pit and is then set and becomes solid using a special light.
Dental sealants have proven to be very popular due to their non-invasive nature and affordability. No one wants to subject their children to painful procedures and sealants provide parents with a quick and easy way to keep their kids’ teeth clean and healthy.
While dental work can be expensive and range into the thousands, sealants only cost around $40-$60 per tooth in Australia and are highly effective in what they do.
Sealants are applied by an oral health professional and commonly last up to seven years, although they have been known to last even longer in many circumstances. Anyone with sealants will have to visit their dentist regularly to check that they’re still in place and working correctly.
Although children tend to benefit the most from sealants, they can be used to prevent cavities across any age group. As we get older, our teeth are at a higher risk of decay and being exposed to cavities, so sealants remain a popular choice throughout all stages of life.
Other ways to keep your teeth healthy
While sealants are a great preventative measure, it’s important that you take care of your teeth in other ways too. There is no one-stop solution for dental health, and you must maintain a fully rounded dental routine. This should include but is not limited to:
- Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day
- Using an appropriate mouthwash
- Avoid sugary food and drinks
- Visit your dentist at least every six months
- Drink lots of tap water, which is high in fluoride across Victoria
- Follow the Australian Dietary Guidelines
Dental sealants have proven to be an effective and accessible procedure for children and adults alike. If you’re interested in finding out more about sealants, visit your local dental clinic to find out if they’re the right choice for you or your child.