One step in preventative dentistry that protects your teeth against tooth decay is the application of dental sealants. Sealants are thin coatings that are applied to the teeth, particularly the molars, in order to seal the tooth. This process keeps bacteria and plaque from hiding in the small, miniscule grooves in our teeth. Dental sealants are applied by brushing, or painting, the special resin onto the tooth and then hardening the substance with a special dental ultraviolet light. This invisible seal creates a barrier for your tooth so that tooth decay can’t set in.
Young children most often receive sealants, as do some adults. Our Yarmouth dentist recommends newly erupted molars receive sealants, as well as any permanent teeth that are decay-free. The process takes only a few minutes and can be completed in a single visit. The result is a strong shield that will protect your teeth for years.
What is a dental sealant?
While materials vary, a dental sealant is made is a gel or paste made from a certain kind of plastic. When the gel or paste hardens, often using a special light, it produces a hard cover over your tooth. This simple treatment will provide you with protection for many years to come.
Why should I get dental sealants?
Preventative dentistry is the greatest way to protect your teeth from cavities and other harmful problems that can happen over time. Even patients with immaculate oral hygiene can benefit from dental sealants.
Cavities develop when excess food is left behind and turns into harmful bacteria. Patients of all ages are encouraged to get dental sealants if their teeth don’t have any tooth decay.
We’ve helped patients from Longmont, Mead, Niwot, Hygiene, and neighboring communities protect their teeth and prevent them from oral issues before they begin for over 22 years.
How do I take care of dental sealants?
Maintaining proper oral hygiene is the greatest way to keep your dental sealants strong and healthy.
Routine visits to Dental By Nature are essential for us to ensure your dental sealants look well and are working like they should. We’ll check the state of your dental sealants whenever you come in for an appointment.
You must maintain good oral hygiene to provide your dental sealants a healthy environment to function in. Although your sealants give you extra protection, your teeth can still develop tooth decay and cavities. The American Dental Association recommends patients of all ages brush their teeth with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and floss once.
For more information about dental sealants or to learn more about our other preventative options, call us today at (303) 776-6021.
With a convenient location in Longmont, CO, a healthier smile is closer than you think! Your friends at Dental By Nature look forward to serving you and your family.