Regular brushing and flossing are the best ways to prevent cavities, but it can be difficult to clean every nook and cranny of your teeth, especially the back teeth. Molars have grooves and fissures, and therefore are a favorite place for food and bacteria to hide. Dental sealants can be applied to the chewing surface of these teeth to help prevent cavities and decay. A sealant is a thin, protective coating that adheres to the chewing surface of the molars. They have been shown to reduce the risk of decay on these teeth by nearly 80 percent.
How Do Sealants Work?
They are like raincoats for your teeth. When the bacteria that is found in everyone’s mouth meets leftover food particles, they produce acids that can create cavities. After a sealant is applied to your tooth, it keeps those bits of food out and stops bacteria from settling on the tooth.
How Are Sealants Applied?
Getting a sealant is quick and painless. Your tooth will be cleaned and dried, and an acidic gel will be applied to help the sealant bond. The sealant will then be painted on to the grooves of your tooth. A special blue light will be used to harden the sealant.
Sealants are a great preventive treatment for children and teens who are still developing proper hygiene habits. Adults can also receive sealants to protect teeth from cavities and decay. If you would like more information about sealants and other treatments to keep your family’s mouth healthy, call us today at (720) 440-7743 to set up an appointment.