Do you brush and floss every day? We hope so. Good oral hygiene prevents any number of problems, including cavities and gum disease. But some areas of teeth can’t always be adequately protected by brushing and flossing alone. What more can be done?
One common step you can take to further protect the teeth of you and yours is to get dental sealants. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of your teeth. They usually go on the back teeth, or molars and premolars, where grooves and depressions can be deep and hard to brush effectively. This new layer stands between tooth enamel and the onslaught of plaque and acid that can cause irreversible damage to the teeth.
Sealants are great for children, who are especially prone to cavities. Sealants can be applied to permanent teeth as soon as they come in, but can sometimes be applied to baby teeth as well. Adults with no fillings or tooth decay can also benefit from them. Sealants are not used to fill cavities or treat tooth damage.
The application process is quick and completely painless. First, teeth need to be cleaned and prepared to ensure complete bonding takes place. Then the sealant is painted directly to the tooth enamel. Sealants stand up well to normal chewing and can last several years. They are also covered under many insurance plans.
Preventing tooth decay is much better than treating it once it occurs, and dental sealants are a great way to do just that. If you have any questions about sealants or other preventive care offered at Allure Dental, please call our office in Lafayette, IN, right way.