Signs You Are A Good Candidate For Dental Sealing
A dental sealant is a synthetic coating that is placed over the chewing surface of a tooth (though they can extend a little to the sides) to reduce the risk of decay. You should consider getting the dental sealant treatment if:
There are Vague Symptoms of Cavities on Your Teeth
Ideally, dental sealants should be placed over teeth that haven't experienced cavities. This is because the main goal of a dental sealant treatment is to prevent teeth cavity and not to treat dental cavity. However, dental sealing may still help you if your teeth are already showing vague signs of cavities. Such symptoms include a toothache, teeth sensitivity or sensitivity to temperature extremes.
You Have Teeth with Pits and Fissures
You are also a good candidate for dental sealing there are pits and fissures on your teeth. This is because such irregular teeth surfaces tend to collect considerable debris, and they are also difficult to clean. Such conditions increase the risk of dental problems including cavities. Therefore, such teeth should be sealed before they develop cavities.
You Have Considerable Dental Plaque in the Mouth
Dental plaque is a biofilm that forms over teeth surfaces. It is a mixture of oral bacteria and acid (as a result of bacterial action on food). Plaque typically forms if food particles remain on your teeth fast enough, giving bacteria time to feed on the remains and multiply. Over time, the acid in the plaque breaks down the affected tooth's enamel, causing decay. Therefore, if you already have a considerable plaque buildup on your teeth, it's just a matter of time before decay occurs, but you can avoid all that by having your teeth sealed.
You Have Eating Habits That Damage Teeth
You should also consider a dental sealing treatment if your eating habits are those that encourage dental decay. This may be the case if:
- You snack all the time
- You eat lots of carbohydrates or starchy foods
- You like snacking on sugary foods
Your risk of developing dental decay is even higher if you have bad eating habits and you also eat at irregular times that make it difficult to brush your teeth afterward. In such a case, get your teeth sealed to reduce their risk of decay.
You Have Had Decay Treatments in the Past
Lastly, you are also a candidate for dental sealing treatment if you have experience dental decay in the past – especially if they were multiple cases of decay. If you have treated some decay in the past, then it may mean that your lifestyle attracts risk factors that encourage decay. In such a case, get your teeth sealed to reduce the risk of decay.
Contact local family dentistry services for more information.