Every day our teeth are under attack from harmful bacteria, whether we’re aware of it or not. We all know that failing to defend our teeth and gums can lead to cavities or worse. However, some parts of our teeth are very hard to clean, which can make the battle against bacteria harder to win.
First Dental knows how important it is to protect even the trickiest parts of our teeth, which is why today we’re taking some time to tell you all about dental sealants.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are plastic coatings placed on the chewing surface to the teeth in order to prevent decay. They’re usually placed on molars and premolar, because these teeth are often covered by fissures that make them vulnerable to tooth decay. A dentist applies these to your teeth by washing and cleaning your teeth before using an acidic solution on the fissures for a few seconds, then washing it off. After that the tooth is dried, the sealant is placed and hardened. After your dental sealant procedure, your teeth are much better protected, much better equipped to stand the test of time.
Why Would I Get Dental Sealants?
The chewing surfaces of your teeth are covered in fissures, which can be deep, and also thinner than a single toothbrush bristle, making them very difficult to clean. Bacteria, however, can accumulate in these fissures, and produce an acid that creates cavities. Dental sealants help protect teeth by providing a smooth surface over decayed or vulnerable fissures, closing off fissures that would normally provide a safe haven for bacteria.
How Do I Take Care Of Dental Sealants?
As with all dental treatments, you should make sure to continue caring for your teeth by brushing and flossing. Furthermore, teeth with dental sealants on them still need to be cleaned with fluoride, either by a dentist or by using fluoride toothpaste. With the proper care, however, dental sealants can last for many years, and can also be replaced if necessary.
In conclusion, dental sealants are a quick, powerful way to fortify and protect your teeth. At First Dental, we know how important it is to make sure all your teeth are always protected from plaque and bacteria, which is why we’re happy to offer dental sealant procedures. All you have to do is book a consultation with one of our dedicated professionals, and they’ll be able to tell your if dental sealants are right for you, and even apply them right in our offices.