A sealant is a protective coating placed in the grooves of back teeth present on biting surfaces. It is a painless and quick procedure which protects children’s teeth from decay. The coating forms a hard barrier that prevents food from getting caught n small grooves and pits in teeth thus preventing decay. Also, as the grooves become shallower it is easier for children to clean the teeth.
The dentist examines the teeth and assesses which teeth would need sealing. The adult molars and premolars are sealed. The sealants are most effective when teeth newly erupt.
The process to apply sealant is simple and quick. It takes only a few minutes per tooth. It is totally pain free. They last for many years. They can wear over time and may need replacement or addition and ensure that there is no decay beneath them.
Mouth guards are used in sports where deliberate or accidental impacts to the face and jaw may cause harm. Dental injuries are the most common type of oro-facial injuries sustained during sport. Dental injuries can be painful, disfiguring and result in lengthy and expensive treatments. We at Watervale Dental encourage children and all adults playing team sports like football, martial arts, basketball, hockey, etc. to always wear mouth guards. The dental associations around the world recommend mouth guards for 29 different sports: acrobatics, basketball, bicycling, boxing, equestrian, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, inline skating, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, softball, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.
Please refer to The Australian Dental Association’s website www.ada.org.au for more information on mouth guards and teeth protection.
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