Preventing Cavities Is So Easy With This Simple Treatment
One of the first questions we are typically asked following the completion of a hygiene examination and cleaning is about cavities. Every patient wants to know if additional treatment is needed to remove cavities and tooth decay. Cavities form when areas of the outer covering of the tooth, the dental enamel, become damaged from decay. This can be caused by poor eating habits, lack of an oral hygiene routine and even family history. If you are looking for extra protection to help ward off cavities, we have the treatment for you. Continue reading to learn more.
What are Dental Sealants?
If you find yourself holding your breath every time you or a loved one visits the dentist waiting to learn if you have any tooth decay, we have a dental treatment that may help ease your mind. A dental sealant is a clear protective coating that is brushed on the rear molars with particular attention to the deep grooves and lines on the biting surface. These sealants act like a protective shield helping to fend off decay and inhibit the development of cavities. While typically used in children, adults with no prior cavities or dental work on their back molars are eligible for treatment.
The procedure is completed in one office visit and is simple, fast and painless. The tooth is cleaned and prepared, the liquid sealant is then brushed onto the tooth, and the final step involves a light that is used to harden the sealant until a protective shield is formed around the tooth.
Are Dental Sealants Permanent?
Unfortunately, dental sealants are not permanent. We recommend avoiding hard and sticky foods as they can pop the sealants off the teeth. However, with proper care, sealants can last for a number of years. Routine hygiene examinations are important as we inspect the teeth to make sure the sealants are still intact. If the sealant has come off of the teeth or is damaged in any way the tooth is no longer protected and can easily develop decay.
If you would like to consider sealants for yourself or a loved one, please feel free to contact us with any questions. We want to make sure you have the information you need to make the best choices for your dental health in Bowie, MD. We look forward to seeing you soon!