Brushing and flossing every day are essential habits for removing the plaque and bacteria buildup that can lead to the formation of tooth decay and cavities. However, even with proper care, there are some areas of the teeth that are harder to keep clean than others. One of the most difficult areas to maintain is the chewing surfaces of your molars. These surfaces contain deep grooves and crevices that can easily trap food particles and bacteria that can be difficult to completely remove with the bristles of your toothbrush. Platte Valley Dental Care can help you to prevent cavities, protecting the health of your mouth, with dental sealants.
The Development of CavitiesCavities are small pits that form on the surfaces of your teeth as a result of tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs when the acids produced by plaque and bacteria sit on the surfaces of your teeth for too long. When they sit too long, the acids begin to erode the enamel, causing weak spots that eventually give way to the development of cavities. Cavities do not go away on their own. The longer they go untreated, the worse they become. They grow larger, compromising the structure of your teeth and putting the teeth at risk for serious infections. Taking action to prevent cavities is essential.
What Are Dental Sealants?Even with regular brushing and flossing, the chewing surfaces of your molars are more difficult to keep clean. It can be difficult to reach the bottoms of the crevices with the bristles of your toothbrush. As a result, even with regular oral care, cavities can still develop. Sealants are a synthetic application that is designed to cover over the crevices on the chewing surfaces of your molars. They work to effectively seal out food particles and bacteria, preventing cavities from forming in these vulnerable areas of your mouth.
A Simple Process for Protecting Your Oral HealthGetting sealants is a quick, simple, painless process that is typically completed in less than 30 minutes. First, any cavities that already exist in the areas where the sealants are to be applied must first be treated. The teeth are thoroughly cleaned, and all buildup is removed from the crevices. Next, an acid etch is applied to the chewing surfaces. This is done to create a rough surface so that the sealant material can bond more effectively with the teeth. The acid is washed off and the teeth dried. Finally, the sealant material is applied and cured with a special light. Once cured, sealants provide immediate protection.
How Long Do Sealants Last?Despite being made from plastic, sealants are fairly strong and can withstand most normal daily use. With proper care, they can last for several years. To provide you with optimal protection, it is important to continue to take care of your mouth. Sealants only protect the areas where they are applied. Without proper care, cavities can develop on other areas of the teeth, including along the border of your sealants. Continue to brush and floss daily and have your teeth regularly cleaned and examined.
Are Dental Sealants Right for Me?Sealants are often thought to be a treatment only for children. They are common for children who tend to be more prone to cavities, but they can be effective for anyone, regardless of age. If you are prone to cavities and looking for a way to help prevent them, sealants may be the solution for you. When combined with good oral hygiene practices, dental sealants can help to protect your teeth from cavities. Call Platte Valley Dental Care today at (816) 219-3133 to find out if dental sealants are right for you.