How Familiar Are You With Dental Sealants?

dentsealantsAre you familiar with dental sealants? Although they have been around since the 1960s not many people are. This is a conundrum because sealants can save your family money, pain, inconvenience, and un-needed trips to the dentist. Why? Because sealants help protect teeth from tooth decay. Imagine being free from cavities. Cavities can cause havoc with your dental health. Although they can be filled, later in life those fillings can fall out, fracture, or worse your teeth can crack and break. If that tooth already has a filling, then what? Find out how familiar you are with dental sealants by taking the quiz below.

True Or False?

  1. True or False: Less than one-third of American children DO NOT have their teeth sealed.
  2. True or False: Dental sealants are also called “caps” because they cap your teeth.
  3. True or False: Sealant liquid is white and is the same material used for bonding.
  4. True or False: One drawback associated with dental sealants is that the liquid material can aggravate your gums and cause dental sensitivity.
  5. True or False: Dental sealants have been known to crack.
  6. True or False: Dental sealants aren’t only for children.

Answers:

  1. False: Although dental sealants can protect your teeth from cavities, less than one-third of American children HAVE their teeth sealed.
  2. False: Dental sealants are applied as a liquid material that is painted onto the tooth.
  3. False: Dental sealants are a plastic resin material that hardens into a clear shield that protects teeth from sugars, the pathogenic bacteria that feed on sugar, and the enamel eating acids that the bacteria secrete.
  4. False: Sealing your teeth is fast, easy, and painless.
  5. False: Sealants are strong enough to withstand chewing and can last for years.
  6. True: Although children are the most likely candidates because knicks and pits tend to form in young teeth, anyone can benefit from getting their teeth sealed.

ABOUT YOUR KATY, TX DENTIST:

Dr. Colin Lathrop and the Lathrop Dental Center proudly serve patients and families from in and around Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, and all surrounding communities. If you’d like to schedule a dental appointment, you can reach our office in Katy, TX, by calling (832) 437-3849.