One Simple Solution To Prevent Cavities
Do you hold your breath every time you or a family member visit our office, waiting to hear if you have a cavity or not? Cavities form when areas of the outer covering of the tooth, aka the dental enamel, become damaged from decay. This can be caused by food that remains on the surface of the tooth or between the teeth. The grooves located in the rear molars are particularly susceptible as it can be easy for food and bacteria to remain lodged in these tight spaces even after brushing. Children are also more susceptible to cavities due to their frequent snacking habits and because they often do not brush properly. We have a treatment solution to help you and your family members protect your teeth from cavities. Read on to learn about this popular treatment.
What are Dental Sealants?
Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a treatment that could help protect teeth from cavities? Lucky for you there is! A dental sealant is a clear coating that is brushed on the back molars with particular attention to the deep grooves and lines on the biting surface. These sealants act like a protective shield helping to fend off decay and inhibit the development of cavities.
Dental sealants are typically used in children to protect both their baby teeth and new permanent molars that have grown in. They are used during the critical stages of growth and development to reduce the likelihood of decay from developing. This procedure can be done in a few short minutes at our office without any discomfort. Although not typical, sealants can also be used in adults who have not had any cavities or dental work on their back molars.
Are Dental Sealants Permanent?
Dental sealants last for a number of years and can be repaired if needed. They can also fall off. It is extremely important to maintain regular hygiene examinations after sealants are placed so they can be inspected for signs of damage.
If you would like to consider sealants for yourself or your child, please feel free to contact us with any questions. We want to make sure you have the information you need to make the best choices for your dental health in Silverdale, WA. We look forward to seeing you soon!