When knights in days of yore went off to battle, they were never without their chain mail and armor to protect them. It took a long time and a lot of help for them to get in and out of it (that’s why they had pages), but it was worth it. After all, why would you go into battle without a helmet, sword, and shield? It is just way too risky.
It is the same with your teeth. Although they are not wielding swords, they are chomping down on food, and without proper protection, they can end up perishing in the battle. Luckily, your teeth don’t have to die from the fight against decay. You have a trained dentist as your page, and he or she can help protect your teeth with the armor of dental sealants.
What Are Sealants?
A sealant is a plastic resin that is painted onto your tooth. Most often placed on back molars, this plastic sinks into and covers deep grooves and pockets in your teeth that are impossible to reach with regular toothbrush bristles. Those Oreo crumbs that are usually so difficult to get out of your teeth? Those won’t be a problem with sealants. The plastic acts as a barrier that protects your tooth enamel from plaque, acid, and other food particles.
When used in conjunction with other proper dental hygiene, such as brushing, flossing, and a healthy diet, sealants can be 100% effective. Did you hear that? Absolutely no cavities!
How Long Do They Last?
A knight’s armor wasn’t very comfortable and he took it off after the long battle. However, your battle with plaque never stops, and so it’s important that sealants are natural and long-lasting. Sealants can last up to 10 years. And in the rare case that a replacement is needed sooner, your dentist will check them at each dentist appointment. If something has gone wrong, he or she will easily and quickly replace it.
Will I Need to Open Up the Castle Treasury?
For something that is so effective and lasts so long, sealants don’t break the bank. This precautionary method won’t require you to pull out all your jewels and gold, even though that’s what a knight’s armor would cost. Instead, sealants cost less than getting a cavity filled. In addition, because it is medical and not cosmetic, they are sometimes covered by insurance!
Talk to your dentist about how to protect your or your child’s teeth with dental sealants.