The Role of Dental Sealants in Protecting Your Teeth

If you or your children are prone to cavities, you know how frustrating it can be to keep your teeth healthy. Chances are you’d snatch an opportunity of giving your teeth an extra layer of protection against decay. That’s exactly what you can do with dental sealants. Sealants cover the chewing surfaces of your teeth with a resilient plastic coating to protect them against cavities. You can obtain this protective coating for teeth at White Sage Dentistry in Salem, Oregon.

Who Can Benefit from Cavity Sealant Protection?

Children and teens are perfect candidates for sealants as they’re not always faithful in caring for their teeth, making them more susceptible to cavities. Dr. Shruti Jadeja recommends your children get sealants for their permanent molars and premolars once they come in to protect these teeth during their formative years. Adults can also benefit from this treatment, especially if their molars are free of cavities and fillings. Although brushing, flossing, and routine dental cleanings are the best way to keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free, sealants can provide that extra layer of protection that many people need to preserve the integrity of their teeth.

The Sealant Process

The sealant process is quick and easy and can be completed in one dental visit.

  • First, your teeth will be cleaned and dried with a soft cloth
  • Next, we’ll apply an acid solution to your teeth to roughen the chewing surfaces to help the liquid sealant stick
  • We’ll rinse and dry your teeth again
  • Dr. Jadeja will paint the liquid coating onto the enamel of your teeth, where it will settle into the grooves and depressions and bond with your teeth. We’ll use a curing light to expedite the bonding process. Once dry, the liquid forms a protective barrier against cavities

Sealants can also be used for tooth sensitivity. A sealant for sensitive teeth can shield your teeth against pain and discomfort when consuming sweets or hot or cold foods and drinks.

To learn more about dental sealants and how they can benefit you, contact White Sage Dentistry in Salem, OR at (503) 877-1626

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are a protective coating that is placed over your teeth to protect them from decay and damage. They are often placed over the rough, uneven surfaces of the molars to provide extra protection for these teeth. Sealants help to keep plaque and bacteria from accumulating directly on the surface of your teeth.

Who can get dental sealants?

While dental sealants are often recommended for kids, adults can also benefit from sealants. Anyone with healthy teeth who wants to have extra protection from cavities can get dental sealants. Additionally, people with sensitive teeth also find that sealants can help reduce sensitivity.

What are dental sealants made out of?

Dental sealants are actually a liquid coating often made out of composite resin that is painted onto the surfaces of the tooth, where it settles into the crevices of the tooth. It is then hardened with a curing light for lasting protection.

What are the benefits of getting dental sealants?

Anyone who gets dental sealants can enjoy improved protection from dental decay. As the sealants cover the rough surfaces of the teeth, this prevents bacteria from getting stuck in these crevices and forming cavities. In addition, dental sealants may help to reduce sensitivity if you have sensitive teeth.

Shruti Jadeja DDS

Dr. Shruti Jadeja

Shruti Jadeja, DDS graduated from dental school in India, her home country, where she practiced dentistry for three years before moving to the USA in 2010. She worked with a great researcher at the UCLA School of Dentistry in Oral Biology and studied at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. After living in California and Colorado, she moved to Oregon, where she has been providing compassionate, high-quality dental care for patients from the community.

Dr. Jadeja’s goal is healthy, happy smiles for all patients in and around Salem, Oregon.