Good oral hygiene habits are essential for maintaining the health of your mouth and preventing serious issues from developing. In order to maintain your oral health, it is important that you brush and floss your teeth every day. You should also have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined every 6 months. Even with good oral hygiene practices, issues can still develop. There are some areas of your mouth that are more difficult to clean than others, which can lead to the formation of cavities, even though you brush and floss daily. At Premier Valley Dental, we can help to provide your teeth with greater protection with dental sealants.
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are a treatment that help to provide you with an additional layer of protection against the formation of cavities. They are made up of plastic and are designed to cover over the deep grooves and crevices in the chewing surfaces of your molars. By sealing these crevices, sealants help to keep food particles and bacteria from getting trapped inside. At the same time, sealants also help to make your molars much easier to maintain.
How are Dental Sealants Placed?
The process for placing dental sealants is very quick, taking about a half an hour to complete. It is also very simple. First, any existing cavities need to be treated. Placing your sealants begins with a thorough cleaning of your teeth. Next, we use an acid etch to create a rough texture on the surfaces of your molars. This is done to enhance the bond between the sealant material and your tooth enamel. We wash the acid etch off and thoroughly dry your teeth. The sealant material is applied to your teeth and a special light is used to cure or dry it. Once cured, your teeth are provided with immediate protection.
How Long Do Sealants Last?
Even though sealants are made up of plastic, they are actually quite strong and can stand up to a significant amount of daily wear and tear. They can last for several years. Even if your sealants do become damaged, they can easily be replaced.
While sealants are fairly strong, and provide your molars with extra protection, it is still essential that you maintain good oral hygiene practices. Sealants only protect the surfaces where they have been applied. The rest of your teeth, including the areas around your sealants, are still vulnerable. You should continue to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Along with your daily habits, regular professional dental care is also recommended.
Who is a Candidate for Sealants?
Dental sealants are a very effective treatment for those who are at a higher risk for developing cavities. They are commonly used to help children protect their teeth. However, while children tend to be more vulnerable to the development of tooth decay and cavities, adults can develop them, too. If you are interested in an additional layer of protection against cavities, we can help to determine if sealants are the right solution for you.
Dental sealants provide you with an additional protective measure against the development of tooth decay and cavities. For more information, and to find out it sealants are right for you, call Premier Valley Dental at (602) 279-1641 to schedule your appointment today.