When it comes to preventing tooth decay we have at our disposal all sorts of interesting alternatives that have the purpose of preventing the appearance of one of the most common oral diseases. An example of these recommended practices comes hand in hand with the routine related to oral hygiene since this habit considerably reduces the chances of developing this pathology, however there are other interesting options such as sealing pits and fissures, a simple intervention and painless of which we are going to know next. What is the function of the dental seal?
Avoid caries | Dental seal function
To understand the function of dental sealants, it is necessary to know that the vast majority of caries (more than 90% of cases) occur in the pits and fissures located in both molars and premolars. In this way, protecting this area is of vital importance to avoid this common oral pathology that is one of the main causes of dental losses.
We are facing a prevention technique that is applied after age 6 and coinciding with the eruption of definitive molars, this being an intervention that will mainly be carried out in children since they are more likely to develop caries (consume more sugar, they disregard oral hygiene, etc.), however it should be noted that this is a process that will also be very useful for both adolescents and adults. Another reason why it is advisable to practice this intervention in children is that the vast majority of pits and fissures of a freshly erupted molar are very thin and that makes it an ideal place for the accommodation of bacteria due to the difficulty that the patient will have when it comes to removing the remains of food and bacterial plaque housed in this place.
Regarding the dental seal process, we can say that we are facing one of the simplest and painless interventions proposed by the Dentistry sector since only the dental surface will be cleaned and then a small layer of plastic will be applied to protect the tooth to the bacteria that cause cavities. One of the most representative examples when pointing out this process as one of the simplest is that we are facing one of the few oral interventions that do not require the use of local anesthesia.
In short, we can say that dental sealing is one of the most recommended options to prevent dental caries, especially in children as well as in those patients who tend to develop this disease.