Regular brushing and flossing help keep teeth healthy by removing food particles and plaque from the tooth surfaces. However, the most expensive toothbrush and the most thorough brushing can’t reach all the depressions and grooves in teeth, leaving a low risk for tooth decay. Dental sealants provide extra protection for these grooved and pitted areas.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that help protect the teeth – usually the molars and premolars – from tooth decay. They are usually placed on the chewing surface of a tooth once it has erupted completely from the gums. While dental sealants are more common among children who are developing their permanent teeth, dental sealants can also be placed on the teeth of adults who are at risk for cavities.
Placing dental sealants is usually a painless procedure that can be completed in one visit. The tooth receiving the sealant must first be polished to remove food debris and plaque from the pit and fissure surfaces. After being dried and isolated, the hygienist will etch the surface of the tooth, then rinse off the etching material and dry the tooth once again. The dental sealant is applied to the tooth surface using a brush. It is then bonded to the tooth using a self-curing light. Another type of dental sealant sets by itself without the need for a light. Once the sealant is hardened, it becomes a hard plastic coating and can be used as normal.
Considering dental sealants in Mandeville? Dental sealants can last for many years and can be replaced if needed. Even with dental sealants in place, it is still important to maintain good oral hygiene habits, such as flossing daily and brushing with a fluoride toothpaste. Dental sealants can only protect the surfaces on which they’re placed, so fluoride is necessary to protect the rest of the teeth surfaces from decay. Schedule your appointment with us today!