Sealants: An Extra Line Of Defense

Sealants: An Extra Line Of DefenseYou likely do everything you can to protect your smile. You brush your teeth at least twice a day with one of those times being before you go to sleep. You floss once a day. You visit your Mansfield, TX dentist at least twice a year for an exam and dental cleaning. You are mindful about the foods you eat and you drink plenty of water. You know that your oral health is important. Maybe you wonder if there is anything else you can do to protect your smile? The short answer is yes. Dental sealants can add an extra layer of defense for your smile. 

Protecting the Enamel

The outer layer of your teeth, the enamel, is one of the strongest substances in your body. Even with that strength, it is not invincible. Your enamel is susceptible to damage. It can be eroded through daily use, acidic attacks, and tooth decay. Once enamel is eroded or damaged, it cannot regenerate like your skin and bones. Protecting your enamel is important for this reason. Dental sealants are a layer of a biocompatible plastic-like substance on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. The sealant acts as a physical barrier between bacteria and acid and the enamel.

Pairs Well With Good Habits

Sealants are not a pass for giving up good habits. It is like having air bags in your car. You feel better knowing they are there as the last line of defense, but you don’t go running into walls on purpose. The same applies to sealants: you are glad you are there, but you still do your best to keep your smile safe. Dental sealants last for several years before they need to be reapplied. They can be particularly helpful for people who have a naturally higher risk for tooth decay and enamel erosion.

Protecting your smile is important

Dental sealants can add an extra layer of defense to your smile. To schedule a consultation with Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX, call 817-473-6227. We proudly welcome patients from Mansfield and the surrounding areas, including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.