Tooth decay can start from childhood and to prevent the condition and maintain healthy teeth - Dental sealants are used.
A sealant is a plastic material that is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, premolars, and molars. The plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces. The sealant acts as a barrier protecting enamel from plaque and acids.
Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, but toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to remove food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by "sealing out" plaque and food.
Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of the teeth.However, toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by ‘sealing out’ plaque and food.Sealants are easy and painless to apply and will last many years.Although dental sealants are not a cure-all in preventing tooth decay, they are cost effective and helpful to patients – particularly children – in controlling decay.
Do the teeth need special care afterward?
No special care is needed, but the back teeth still need to be brushed regularly with a good toothbrush, preferably using fluoride toothpaste.
Help seal your teeth against decay by talking to our dental experts of Smart Dental about applying a sealant to your teeth. Contact us today to schedule your appointment with our dentists in 425 W Pine St. Suite A, Raymore, MO 64083.