-Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. -Permanent molars are the most likely to benefit from sealants. -A sealant can last for as long as 5 to 10 years
-Sealants keep germs and food particles out of the grooves by covering them with a safe plastic coating. Sealants and fluorides work together to prevent tooth decay. -Sealants can save time, money, and the discomfort sometimes associated with dental fillings. Citation:
CDC. (2009, September 2). Dental sealants. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/publications/factsheets/sealants_faq.htm
Source #2: http://www.animatedteeth.com/tooth_sealants/t1_sealing_teeth.htm Notes:
Dental sealants (also termed tooth sealants) can play an important role in helping to prevent tooth decay ("cavities") in some locations on teeth. Placing sealants involves bonding a plastic coating into the grooves of a tooth (the tooth's pits and fissures). The net result is a smoother tooth surface. One that is less likely to harbor food and plaque, and easier to clean with a toothbrush. Citation:
WMDS. (2004). dental sealants / sealing teeth / tooth sealants. Retrieved from http://www.animated-teeth.com/tooth_sealants/t1_sealing_teeth.htm
Source #3: The Downside of Energy Drinks.
The temporary boost yon get from these caffeinated beverages may come at the expense of your smile, finds a study in the journal General Dentistry. According to researchers, energy drinks are far more likely to erode tooth enamel than regular and diet sodas, coffee blends, and sports drinks. Their low pH creates an acidic environment in your mouth, and many brands contain ingredients like sugars, acids, and sodium citrate, which inhibit the ability of saliva to restore the proper pH balance. Citation:
THE DOWNSIDE OF ENERGY DRINKS. (2008)....