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Guelph Dental Sealants
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
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.
The Lifespan of Sealants
Once gum disease has gone past gingivitis to periodontitis, it becomes irreversible. It can, however, be treated and managed so that you can maintain a healthy mouth. When you have developed periodontitis, the infection in your gums has spread to your jawbone. Once in the bone, you begin to experience bone loss. Pockets, called periodontal pockets, begin to form. These are gaps that form between the gum tissue and your teeth. Bacteria, plaque, and food particles get stuck, allowing for further irritation and chronic bad breath in addition to red, swollen, bleeding gums.
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.
Whether you’re a long-term patient or are in search of a new dental office in Guelph, we’ll help you schedule your first appointment over the phone or by submitting an appointment form online. Make sure to arrive early so we can get you set up in our system and proceed with your exam and cleaning.
We look forward to seeing you!