Have you ever had nightmares about your teeth falling out? Not just one or two teeth, but dozens … WAY more teeth than you actually have? In this nightmare scenario, they just keep falling into (then spilling out of) your hand. When you wake up, you feel extra passionate about brushing and flossing, but what if that’s not enough? There are occasions when even the most rigorous dental care routine won’t prevent cavities. In those cases, I recommend dental sealants. How can sealant protect your teeth? Continue reading to learn more.
The rear teeth, also referred to as molars, are what we primarily use to chew our food. As strong as molars are when it comes to chewing, they do have one weakness: the deep grooves where food tends to settle. Even if you brush after every meal, some of these grooves are so deep that removing food particles and plaque becomes difficult. This means that, through no fault of your own, you become more susceptible to cavities.
How Sealants Work
Sealants are a fast, simple, and affordable procedure that can offer years of additional protection against decay. After your teeth have been thoroughly cleaned, the treatment goes as follows:
- A semi-translucent material that blends in with the color of your natural teeth is painted onto the chewing surface of your molars.
- A curing light is then applied to harden the seal.
- You leave my office, free to eat and drink as you wish, with protected teeth.
That’s it! 1-2-3!
Not Just For Kids
Children are great candidates for sealants; even under your watchful eye, their dental hygiene routine may be lacking. Sealants minimize their chances of getting cavities during those early years when brushing and flossing may not be a priority.
Sealants are also quite effective for adults. As I mentioned, even the most diligent of patients have grooves, pits, and crevices in their molars. There is nothing better than sealants to protect adult teeth, as well.
Whatever your age, let’s talk about sealants at your next visit. As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Sealants can protect your teeth now so you won’t have to go through expensive and involved procedures later.