The best way to protect your teeth against cavities is to be keep regular with your brushing and flossing routine. But even with vigilant hygiene, decay-causing bacteria can hide in your mouth. The molars in the back of your mouth are particularly susceptible to hiding bacteria and leftover food. Molars have irregular and unique shapes that leave plenty of spots for tooth danger to hide even after a good brushing. A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating applied to a tooth to shield enamel from sneaky bacteria looking for a place to hide. Sealants can be a great last line of defense against decay.
Who should get a sealant?
Dental sealants are often used on children and teenagers who have developed their adult teeth. Since children and teenagers are more likely to eat sugary food and less likely to brush and floss regularly. With that said, dental sealants are also a great choice for adults. Sealants can protect against the damage that dry mouth can cause to teeth, so patients suffering with that may find them helpful. People with braces or orthodontic treatment may find brushing difficult and sealants can help protect their teeth, too.
How is a sealant applied?
Your dentist or hygienist would clean the tooth thoroughly before applying an acidic gel. The gel will create a surface that will better bond to the sealant. The tooth is rinsed and dried. The sealant is painted onto the tooth, and dried with a special curing light. The sealant can protect your tooth for 5 to 10 years, but should be assessed at your regular check-ups.
Dental sealants can protect your teeth
Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris look forward to helping you maintain and protect your smile. Schedule a consultation at Mansfield Dental Associates by calling 817-473-6227. Located in Mansfield, TX, we also welcome patients and families from all surrounding communities including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.