When it comes to life, there are just some things that are harder than others. Maintaining a proper budget, staying on a healthy diet, exercising regularly, drinking enough water – these are often hard for most people. Yet, maintaining a healthy smile does not need to be on the list of “hard to do.” With regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings your smile can stay healthy. There is also another tool that has been used for decades to protect the teeth to help ensure that they stay strong and cavity-free: dental sealants.
Dental sealants benefit patients of all ages by “sealing out” harmful bacteria, sugars, acids, and food particles that attack the back teeth on a daily basis. These back teeth, the pre-molars and molars, are often difficult to clean and keep clean because of their rough surfaces. These teeth are made for chewing foods, and their uneven surfaces are made up of deep groove and pits where bacteria and food particles can become trapped.
Here’s what you need to know about dental sealants:
- They are plastic coatings that are painted on the back teeth.
- Dental sealants are a pain-free treatment.
- Applied after a thorough cleaning, dental sealants are hardened with a special curing light so that they bond with the teeth.
- Dental sealants can last 2-4 years.
- Dental sealants are beneficial for patients of all ages.
Dental sealants have been commonly used on children to help protect their developing teeth as children mature and learn to care for their teeth. Yet, dental sealants are just as beneficial for adults. Adults who are cavity prone or who are simply committed to protecting their smiles, only need to request to have dental sealants applied to their teeth. Your dentist is happy to comply with anything that benefits the health of your smile!
Please contact Gainesville Dental Group today to schedule your next dental cleaning. Ask about dental sealants and how they can benefit you and your entire family. We look forward to partnering with you in your oral health.
Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group