Safeguarding Beautiful Smiles with Dental Sealants
Decay-causing bacteria are a constant threat to patients’ oral health and overall wellbeing. Dental sealants go on as a liquid and dry quickly to form a solid barrier. Sealants are most often applied to molars because the ridges and valleys in these teeth trap bacteria and are more likely to develop cavities. Dental sealants in Marysville are routine for children but have also proven to be very helpful for adults that are prone to tooth decay at Allen Creek Family Dentistry.
Are Dental Sealants Necessary if I Brush and Floss?
For people who have an oral health history of developing cavities, brushing and flossing may not be sufficient. Despite brushing with fluoride toothpaste to strengthen tooth enamel and flossing daily to remove debris and plaque from between your teeth, you may still benefit from having dental sealants on your back teeth.
The deep crevices in your molars are difficult to keep clean regardless of whether you use a manual, electric or battery-operated toothbrush. Bacteria feed on trapped particles of food, and the acids they excrete can lead to a cavity. So while we certainly want you to continue brushing with fluoride toothpaste and possibly having fluoride treatments, you may want to think of dental sealants as another means of protection against tooth decay.
How Do I Get Dental Sealants?
An abrasive gel is put on top of your molars in order to make the surface slightly rough. This ensures a tight bond between your teeth and the adhesive that holds the sealants in place.
After the gel is rinsed away, your teeth are dried again and the dental sealant solutions is painted on to your teeth. A special curing light dries and hardens the surface quickly.
Contact us today if you have any questions about dental sealants or if you need to schedule a dental checkup. Dr. Ludu, Dr. Sharma, and Dr. Giovine look forward to providing you and your loved ones with friendly, quality service.