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Are Sealants Really Necessary?

The first line of defense against cavities includes daily brushing and flossing. Dental checkups and cleaning add a second line of protection, minimizing plaque buildup and staying on top of problems below the surface. Today, there’s a third line, a literal coat of armor for your teeth. Dental sealants add a long-lasting protective layer that assists your other dental care efforts in keeping cavities at bay. 

Sealants can even help to limit further damage to teeth already showing signs of wear, places that might trap food particles and bacteria in your mouth. Ask your dental care professional at Strauss Dental about this painless addition to your preventive care arsenal.

Your cavity risk plummets

Following oral care best practices of brushing twice a day and flossing daily establishes a basis of good oral health. Life being what it is, though, you may fall into bed without your nightly routine, or there may be no chance to brush when you’re on the town. Every time you skip a dental care task, bacteria can take hold in your mouth. Once those bacteria infiltrate, they may continue to grow, leading to tooth decay, the start of those dreaded cavities. 

Dental sealant is a thin, protective coating brushed onto your teeth and hardened with ultraviolet light, adding extra protection against bacteria, sealing the ridges in your teeth where it’s most likely plaque will hide. This painless procedure is even used in children once their molars fully grow in. Sealants can reduce the risk of decay in molars by almost 80%

Additional protection, not a replacement

Keeping your smile healthy for years depends on every link in the dental care chain, with dental sealants adding powerful additional protection. Sealants won’t, however, replace brushing, flossing, or regular care at Strauss Dental. It’s a team effort that gets stronger with this added step. 

Are sealants really necessary?

A strict dental care routine with the addition of sealants may be all some patients need to stay cavity-free. While Dr. Strauss and her team continue the same standard of care, they can’t assure that you’ll never have decay or cavities with or without the sealant layer. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that as many as four out of five cavities may be avoided with sealants. 

Pros and Cons

Sealants do contain trace amounts of bisphenol A (BPA). This is a resin used in some plastic products like water bottles, and which many people avoid out of health concerns. However, the BPA level in sealants is tiny, about 100 times less than the amount you breathe in through the air, and exposure is greatest only at about three hours after application, before returning to zero within 24 hours. Simply, there’s no harmful level of BPA in dental sealants. 

Contact Strauss Dental to learn more about dental sealants or to book treatment for yourself or a family member. Call the office at 503-656-2139, or request an appointment online.

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