Most people consider visiting the dentist as often as recommended, brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing once daily to be preventative dental care. While these things are part of a good dental routine, they form the foundation. One of the reasons why your dentist wants to see you at regular intervals is to access the condition of your mouth and teeth.
What are Sealants?
Molars — those powerful teeth located in the back of your mouth just before your wisdom teeth — are notorious for being difficult to clean. Even the most conscientious tooth-brusher is sure to find it a challenge to get every surface of these large and wide teeth free of debris. Because they coat your teeth with clear resin, sealants help keep your teeth free of decay while also reinforcing the enamel.
How are Sealants Applied?
During your routine dental visits, a thorough inspection of your mouth is completed. If there is any decay, your dentist will remove it before drying and cleaning your teeth.
Your molars will then be roughened using a special solution. This helps ensure that the sealant bonds effectively and correctly to your teeth. The sealant is applied and allowed to set for about one minute. Afterward, a light is used to solidify the sealant.
Are Sealants the Right Choice for You?
Sealants are an effective preventative tool that dentists use to reduce the risk of cavities and decay. They can make even the surfaces of your molars and make them smoother. This means there are fewer places for food particles to get stuck.
Mason Dental Center assesses each of our patients to determine if sealants are an excellent preventative dental strategy for them. Is it time for you to schedule your next routine dental cleaning and visit with us? Contact us today to find out or to schedule a visit.