Cavity Protection with Dental Sealants

Jan 12, 2018

As your Roswell family dentist you’d expect us to say this. “Brushing and flossing are vital for cavity prevention.”

But there’s a limit to their preventive abilities.

Where things are “rough”…the “rough” get sealants

Your molars – specifically your back molars – have rough and uneven surfaces. That gives food and bacteria a place to hide out and cause tooth and gum damage.

Dental sealants provide a protective covering for your rough, uneven tooth surfaces. The thin, resin-like coating bonds to the chewing surface of your back teeth.

Sealants are known to reduce decay risk by close to 80%. Their success rate is important for your children’s teeth also.

You’ll still need to brush and floss, of course. Yet, the added protection helps prevent cavities and can stop decay early before it creates a cavity.

How sealants work

A sealant functions like a coat or jacket does. It seals and protects your teeth from the “elements” that can be harmful to your teeth and gums.

Oral bacteria thrive in the acids produced by food particles that are not removed from your tooth surfaces. Holes can be created and become cavities.

A sealant prevents the food particles from collecting within the pits and grooves of your back molars. Where food doesn’t remain acids and bacteria have less opportunity to thrive.

Your sealants can be applied quickly and without any pain or discomfort. We recommend including a sealant application during a routine teeth cleaning as part of your ongoing Roswell dental care.

Expect your sealants to protect you and your family’s teeth for up to 10 years. Routine check-ups with your Roswell family dentist will help assure that your sealants are doing their job.

Contact our Roswell dental office about preventive family dentistry. Ask about dental sealants to protect your teeth and gums from decay causing bacteria.

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