Dental sealants are a form of preventative dentistry used to try and stop a cavity from occurring. Specifically, the sealant is a plastic material applied to the back teeth chewing surfaces or wherever else decay is most likely to occur; it is applied to you using a cosmetic dentist.
By brushing and flossing on a regular, consistent basis, you will be able to remove the particles of food and any plaque from the surfaces of teeth that are smooth and easy to reach. Of course, not all teeth are easy to reach, especially since the bristles are not able to access all grooves and depressions in the back teeth. In this way, a sealant can “seal” the path so bacteria doesn’t grow.
Any experienced cosmetic dentist can apply a sealant. It must be painted on to the enamel of the tooth, where it will then directly bond and cement to the tooth. The plastic resin also helps seal the fissures and pits of the back teeth, forming a type of barrier that ultimately serves to protect the tooth from acids and plaque.
As long as this sealant is in place, your teeth will be protected from the decay it would otherwise develop. Sealants can usually withstand the force of chewing, capable of lasting more than a few years before having to apply a new layer of sealant. During a standard visit, the dentist will likely example these sealants and recommend a replacement at the appropriate time.
Children and teenagers are obvious candidates for this procedure since it’s common to develop these pits and fissures during the earlier stages of life. Of course, adults can also develop the problem, which makes them equally qualified candidates as well. To prevent tooth decay, be sure to engage in the following practices:
- brush twice each day using fluoride toothpaste
- eat a balanced diet and don’t snack
- floss daily, or use another interdental cleaner
- visit your dentist
Be sure to schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about preventative dentistry, dental sealants and how we can give back your smile!