Growing up, almost everyone is informed regarding the issues caused by tooth decay and cavities. Both tooth decay and cavities are caused by bacterial buildup in the mouth, which occurs when there is leftover food and plaque on your teeth. As the bacteria digest these food particles, they release acid which will then lead to tooth decay. At Royce Family Dentistry, we believe that education is extremely important when caring for your teeth and overall oral health.
There are a few ways that you can help prevent any tooth decay or cavities from occurring. One of the many ways is to use something called dental sealants. Even though many people who have heard of this procedure think that this is something that mostly children receive, they can actually be geared towards people of all ages. This is because, regardless of age, anyone can develop cavities. The goal of dental sealants is to reduce this risk. Sealants are applied to prevent food and plaque from landing on the crevices and grooves between the surfaces of the teeth. Because of this seal, food is less likely to get stuck between the teeth. This deprives bacteria of the food that they need to make acid, reducing bacteria overgrowth. In this fashion, dental sealants can actually be thought of as a form of preventative maintenance.
Dental sealants can be applied in a quick procedure performed here at Royce Family Dentistry. The procedure is relatively quick and painless. A gel is applied to the cleaned surfaces of the teeth and then this gel is dried with a blue light, helping to seal the teeth. It is important to understand that dental sealants are only one way to protect the teeth. Contact your local dentist or Royce Family Dentistry of Charlotte, NC with any questions or concerns that you may have. Learn more by calling 704.540.5440.