Taking good care of our teeth is easy in our modern age, we have a variety of dental tools at our disposal: toothbrushes, toothpastes, and flossing methods to help us achieve excellent oral health. Another modern marvel (well, since the 1970s), dental sealants have been helping patients better protect and preserve their cavity-prone molars.
Why Molars? Molars have pits and grooves on the chewing surface, which easily trap bacteria and food particles that can attract plaque formation. Even though brushing removes oral debris from the smooth surfaces of your teeth, the bristles of your toothbrush can’t actually reach inside the fissures and depressions on the molar surfaces. This makes them easy targets for bacterial acids and sticky plaque.
How Are Sealants Applied? Applying sealant is done in one visit to your dentist and is simple, easy, and painless. A plastic resin is painted onto the tooth enamel, bonding to the tooth as it hardens. This resin can be a tooth-colored white or clear, depending on the type of sealant which is used. After the sealant is in place, it is inspected during dental cleanings and check-ups to make sure they are in good shape. If cared for and maintained properly, sealants can last up to ten years!
Who Wears Sealants? Because of their inclination to cavities and developing their oral hygiene skills, the typical candidates for sealants are children and teenagers. However, adults who are cavity-prone may be candidates for sealants on vulnerable molars as well.
If you have questions or concerns about your molars, or your children’s molars, see one of our skilled dentists or give our team a call at 903-509-0505 today!