Daily brushing and flossing are integral habits for preventing the development of tooth decay and cavities. Even if you brush and floss every single day, however, there are some areas of your teeth that are naturally more difficult to thoroughly clean than others. The chewing surfaces of your molars have deep grooves that can trap bacteria and food particles. Moreover, these areas can be difficult to clean, no matter how often you brush. At Bisson Dentistry, we can help to provide additional protection with sealants.
Additional Protection from Cavities with Sealants
The chewing surfaces of your molars present unique issues when it comes to maintaining your oral health. Not only can the deep crevices more easily trap bacteria and food, but they are also more difficult to completely clean out, even if you brush properly every day. The bristles of your toothbrush may not be able to effectively clean out these crevices.
Sealants are a preventative treatment designed to help protect the chewing surfaces of your molars from decay and cavities. They are a synthetic application made up of plastic. The material is applied to the chewing surfaces of your molars, effectively covering over the deep crevices in your molars. As a result, bacteria and food particles cannot get trapped. Eliminating the crevices also helps to make your molars easier to maintain.
The Process for Getting Your Sealants
Getting dental sealants is a quick, simple process. Before placement, any existing cavities first need to be treated. Once we are ready to apply your sealants, we begin by thoroughly cleaning your teeth. Acid etch applied to the surfaces of your molars. This acid etch a rough texture that helps to enhance the bond between the sealant material and your teeth. The acid is washed off, and your teeth are dried. Next, the sealants are painted onto your teeth, and a special light is used to cure, or dry, them. Once cured, your teeth are provided with immediate protection.
The Lifespan of Sealants
Sealants can last for several years, despite being made from plastic. If your sealants do break or are otherwise damaged, they can easily be reapplied.
While sealants are an effective treatment for protecting your molars from decay and cavities, it is important to keep in mind that they are not a substitute for regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits. Sealants are only effective when combined with proper oral hygiene practices. They only protect the areas over which they are applied. By ignoring your oral hygiene, you can develop decay and cavities on other surfaces of your teeth, including around the borders of your sealants, which can compromise their effectiveness. It is essential that you continue to brush and floss your teeth every day as well as have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined every six months.
Who is a Candidate for Sealants?
Sealants are a treatment commonly associated with children. This is because children are typically more prone to cavities than others. However, cavities can affect anyone, regardless of age. If cavities are an issue that affect you, you may benefit from the additional protection of dental sealants.
Sealants provide an additional layer of protection against the formation of decay and cavities. For more information, and to find out if sealants are right for you, call Bisson Dentistry at (226) 299-0713 today.