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A dental sealant is a thin tooth coloured filling material that is applied to the deep areas of your teeth to prevent cavities. Dental sealants are usually placed in areas that may be more susceptible to cavities. If they are cared for properly, dental sealants can last many years. Dental sealants differ from fillings because they are placed to prevent cavities as opposed to fixing cavities that have already started.
When Are Dental Sealants Recommended?
Dental sealants provide benefits for a wide range of people, for a wide range of reasons. They are used to reduce the risk of acids and bacteria from penetrating through the enamel, causing cavities. Dental sealants may be applied to any area where there is a groove or indentation in the tooth. Areas such as the biting surfaces of teeth or the pits on the front or back of the teeth. Below is a general list of reasons why sealants may be recommended.
- Previous cavities
- High sugar intake
- Deep grooves or pits in the molars
- Decalcified enamel (meaning cavities that have started but not penetrated through the outer layer of the tooth)
How Are Sealants Applied?
You don’t have to worry about being in pain or having to get numb to have a sealant placed. It is a straightforward, non-invasive procedure that only takes a few minutes. Below is a general outline of how dental sealants are placed:
- First, the tooth/ teeth that will be receiving the sealants will be completely cleaned and polished.
- The teeth are etched with a liquid to help the dental sealant material bond to the teeth.
- Sealant material is applied to the grooves and is hardened in place with a dental curing light.
- The bite will is checked to make sure the sealant material is not in the way when biting down, and if it is, it will be smoothed down.
While this can be a challenging time for all of us by staying at home as much as possible to help stop the spread of COVID-19, there are a few things available to help. We have prepared a list of resources and items that we can all use to help get through our stay at home.
DON'T NEGLECT YOUR ORAL CARE
It's vital during this time to maintain your oral health at home. If your oral care needed improvement before, this is an ideal time to improve it. Remember to follow recommended guidelines by brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing in the morning and before bed. Remove the food buildup between teeth and gums accumulated throughout the day before you go to bed.
TRY SIGNING UP FOR FREE SERVICES OR TRIALS
Some companies are offering limited or full trials, or offering paid services for free for a short time. Please be mindful that some of these trials do require your credit card information. Be sure to read all terms and conditions before signing up for any service. Here is a list of free or trial services:
Online Streaming Services
- AppleTV (7 Day Trial)
- Netflix (30 Day Trial)
- Amazon Prime Video (30 Day Trial)
- Hulu – (30 Day Trial)
- Crave (30 Day Trial)
- Disney+ (7 Day Trial)
Other Free Services
- Coursera (Free For University & College Students)
- Skillshare (Free For Students)
- Archive.org (Free For Everyone)
- Audible (Free For Kids & Teens)
- Duolingo (Free Language Learning)
- Grow With Google (Free Online Courses For All)
IMPORTANT GOVERNMENT WEBSITES
The municipal, provincial and federal government of Canada regularly releases updates regarding COVID-19. Check out the links below to stay updated daily:
- Peel COVID-19 Website
- Mississauga COVID-19 Updates
- Ontario COVID-19 Updates
- Government Of Canada Updates
- Employment Insurance Benefits & Leave (EI)
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit
Hopefully these resources help you during your stay at home. Check all government websites for updates as things are constantly changing and this post may not reflect that.
The Mississauga Dental Arts team wishes all of our valued patients and your families the best. We are eager to see your beautiful smiles again!
Routine Check of Teeth and Bone
A full set of x-rays will be recommended every 3-5 years to get a full picture of your mouth and check to make sure all your teeth are healthy as well as your bone levels, the health of your jaw and other structures are all in good condition. The full set of x-rays may consist of something called a “full mouth series,” which is 12-18 small x-rays of your teeth and teeth roots, or a “panoramic” x-ray, which is a large x-ray that shows your entire mouth on one film.
In addition to the panoramic x-ray, a couple of small checkup x-rays will still need to be taken to check for cavities between the teeth that the panoramic x-ray doesn’t show clearly. Also, every 1-3 years, a set of 2-4 checkup x-rays will be taken to check for cavities between the teeth. These checkup x-rays will be recommended more frequently for patients who are prone to cavities and less regularly for patients who are not prone to cavities.
Benefits of Routine X-rays
Catching cavities in their early stages before growing larger, assessing the health of past restorative work, catching bone loss in its early stages, catching cysts and any other abnormalities in the jaw and bone.
To Detect Issues or Problems
An x-ray will likely need to be taken if you come into the dental office and are experiencing pain or sensitivity with a tooth. There is only so much that can be seen visually and detected clinically without being able to see the underlying tooth and bone structure with an x-ray. The type and number of x-rays that may be recommended will be based on the problem and what needs to be assessed.
Digital Vs. Film X-Rays
Dental offices are moving over from film x-rays to digital x-rays. The benefit of digital x-rays is that it produces about 70% less radiation than film x-rays. It is instantaneous, therefore eliminating the processing time. As well, the digital image can be enhanced and enlarged, unlike a film x-ray and digital x-rays are more eco-friendly for the environment.