Sealants are a clear or white material applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth that forms a barrier to plaque and food, thus helping prevent cavities. More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves by providing a smooth, easy to clean surface. Sealants are long lasting, but should be checked during regular dentist visits.
Reasons for sealants:
- Children and teenagers – As soon as the first permanent back teeth appear or any time throughout the cavity prone years of 6-16.
- Adults – Tooth surfaces without decay that have deep grooves or depressions.
- Baby teeth – Occasionally done if teeth have deep grooves or depressions and child is cavity prone.
What do sealants involve?
The application process is simple and painless. The sealant material is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where it bonds and hardens in seconds.
Fluoride helps protect teeth from decay. Professional fluoride treatments are recommended twice a year, or as needed, to all children under the age of 16 during their regularly-scheduled examinations and cleanings. In addition, adults with certain medical conditions may be at higher risk for tooth decay and might benefit from fluoride treatments. If you have dry mouth, gum disease, crowns and/or bridges, braces, frequent cavities, or sensitive teeth your dentist or hygienist may talk to you about the benefits of adult fluoride treatments. The most common application is now in the form of a fluoride varnish which is brushed onto the teeth. In some situations, prescription fluoride toothpaste is also beneficial.
Our goal is to maintain your oral health at an optimum level and preserve your natural teeth for life!