Dental sealants create protective barriers on the surface of teeth in order to prevent tooth decay from taking hold. Commonly, sealants are used for molars as they are known for their deep grooves and crevices. These hard-to-reach areas are difficult to clean and thus are susceptible to cavities more than other teeth. Safeguard your teeth from cavities by asking our Gresham dentist about dental sealants.
Hood View Dental’s preventive dentistry solutions keep teeth and gums at their best. Dental sealants are useful for children as their molars come in and for adults who wish to prevent cavities from forming. Talk with our team to determine if sealants will help you prevent cavities.
What are dental sealants?
A dental sealant is a thin coating of gel that covers the tooth’s chewing surface. The gel goes on in liquid form so that it can reach into the tiny crevices that make up each tooth. This liquid is ‘painted’ on by our Gresham dentist and then hardened using a special light. The process creates a strong barrier against tooth decay which lasts for several years with proper care.
Why do I need dental sealants?
Dental sealants fall under the category of preventive dentistry. The goal of preventive dentistry is to prevent damage to teeth, gums, and the oral cavity. Sealants are one of many services that help Gresham dentist patients retain a healthy mouth. The sealant covers the tooth and protects the small nooks and crannies found in teeth from attracting food particles and plaque which lead to cavities.
Molars are the most common teeth that require dental sealants. Due to the way they are structured, bacteria and plaque can easily get into the molar’s deep grooves and eat away at tooth enamel. At Hood View Dental we often use dental sealants with children as their molars erupt. This helps their teeth avoid cavities as they are still learning how to care for their oral health.
Adults are good candidates for dental sealants as well so long as their teeth are in good condition and free of decay. By sealing the tooth, decay doesn’t have a place to take hold and damage enamel.
How do I care for my dental sealants?
Dental sealants are barely noticeable from the moment they are applied to your teeth. You may feel a bit of a difference in your bite for a day or two while your mouth adjusts to the sealants, but in no time, that feeling goes away. Caring for your sealants is easy. They require the same great oral hygiene regimen you’ve been taught: brush twice each day, floss daily, and visit your Gresham dentist twice a year.
Nutrition is another important aspect of the longevity of your oral health. Water keeps the soft tissues of the mouth hydrated and healthy. Nutritious foods are also key in that they provide the minerals and vitamins your body needs for strong bones and teeth.
If you believe you are a good candidate for dental sealants, or wish to acquire more information, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (503) 328-6388. We’re happy to help you prevent cavities so your smile will last a lifetime.
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