Preventative measures can go a long way in the health of your teeth and entire mouth. By taking certain steps on a routine basis, you can pave the way for healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime. Aside from daily brushing and flossing, there is one simple thing that you can do for your teeth to help keep cavities and decay at bay. Dental sealants are a simple dental treatment applied to the back teeth in order to prevent damage from occurring to the teeth.
Dental sealants do exactly what the name implies – they seal out damage to the teeth. The back molars inside the mouth have many grooves, pits, and rough ridges on the top surface that make them much more difficult to clean than the front teeth. Food particles and bacteria love to hang out inside these grooves and cause damage. Because toothbrushes cannot easily clean the deep grooves of the molars, dental sealants can be applied to these back teeth as a means of protection. Dental sealants are a plastic coating applied to the back molars during a quick, easy, and painless procedure. The sealant is “painted” on to clean teeth and allowed to harden with a specialized curing light. It takes approximately two minutes to apply a dental sealant, so even patients who are having multiple teeth sealed will find that it is a short appointment.
Many people often associate dental sealants as a children’s treatment. However, this could be no farther from the truth. Dental sealants can benefit everyone by sealing out damage to their teeth. This simple preventative procedure can help to ensure that your permanent teeth last the lifetime that they were created for. Please contact Group Health Dental in New York to learn more about this simple treatment and how it can benefit you and members of your family. We look forward to serving you and helping you achieve a healthy smile.