Brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis are the best ways you can prevent tooth decay. However, it is not possible to reach every groove and crevice, especially on the teeth at the back of your mouth. That is why we, at Tracey Dental, offer dental sealants to protect the chewing surfaces of your teeth from developing cavities. Not only do sealants prevent tooth decay, but they can halt the progression of its early stages, allowing you to enjoy a bright and healthy smile!
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are thin, clear plastic resin coatings that we paint onto the chewing surfaces of the premolars and molars to smooth them out, making them resistant to decay. When applied, dental sealants quickly bond into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield that works to stop plaque and acid from eating away at the tooth enamel. Sealants often last up to 10 years but will need to be checked for chipping or wear during your regular dental check-ups.
How Do Cavities Form?
The chewing surfaces on your molars and premolars have grooves and depressions known as pits and fissures that make them vulnerable to developing tooth decay. Plaque and food particles accumulate in these crevices, allowing bacteria to attack the enamel, which can cause cavities.
Taking Care of Sealants
During your professional cleaning, our dental hygienist can remove most of the surface stains that dull and discolor your teeth, so you’ll enjoy a brighter, whiter smile. Cleanings also help prevent bad breath, a condition known as halitosis. Most dental plans cover routine cleanings which will help prevent many problems from developing, saving you money down the road.
Contact Tracey Dental to learn more about dental sealants and how they can help prevent decay. Our team works tirelessly to provide quality preventive services to you and every member of your family. Our goal is to help you maintain healthy teeth for a lifetime. Schedule your appointment today!