Brushing and flossing are essential components of keeping the teeth healthy and clean. However, the teeth are complicated structures in the human body that often require more than routine maintenance to ensure that they stay healthy and beautiful. Dental sealants are treatments available to patients of all ages to prevent the infection and/or loss of your teeth. Dental sealants are one of the easiest methods of dental protection that benefits the teeth by blocking the formation of cavity and decay.
Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are applied to the back teeth. The bicuspids and molars are the teeth in the back of the mouth that are used for chewing food. These back teeth have many grooves and pits, making them the ideal places in the mouth for food particles and bacteria to become trapped. While brushing and flossing removes a majority of these particulates, they do not remove all of them. Dental sealants protect the surface areas of the back teeth where flossing and brushing cannot reach.
Dental sealants “seal out” tooth decay. After a professional cleaning from the dentist or dental hygienist, dental sealants can be applied. The sealants are easily applied to the back teeth and are bonded with the teeth by the use of a curing light to help it harden into place. There is no pain associated with the procedure, and it takes less than five minutes for the procedure to be done on each tooth. This simple procedure can reduce the risk of cavities, helping the teeth to last a lifetime.
For a long time, dental sealants were thought to only benefit children as their mouths matured. However, adults are great candidates for this preventive dental procedure to help ensure that their teeth last for years and years to come.
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is proud to provide patients of all ages with dental sealants to protect their teeth. At your next dental cleaning, ask about how dental sealants can benefit your teeth.