Have you ever secretly wished that there was a sure-fire way to protect your teeth or your children’s teeth from developing cavities? Well, what if we told you that there is something you can do, and that it is available upon request from your dentist? Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are painted onto the surfaces of the back teeth in order to prevent cavities from occurring in the rough surfaces of these teeth. Dental sealants are a painless, quick, and easy procedure, and they are available for patients of all ages.
For many years, dentists typically only applied dental sealants to children’s teeth. Children’s and adolescents’ teeth were thought to be more vulnerable due to their rapid changes of development. However, it is now well documented that people of all ages can benefit from having dental sealants applied to their premolars and molars because adult teeth are just as susceptible to decay as younger teeth are.
The premolars and molars are the most vulnerable to cavities and decay because of how they were designed. The structure of these teeth is specifically for the chewing and crushing of foods to make them easy to swallow and digest. However, their rough surfaces often leave them with foods and sugars stuck to them. These premolars and molars have very ragged surfaces areas that are full of deep pits and grooves where food particles easily become trapped. Even frequent brushing does not remove all of the food particles and sugars that are left behind, leaving acid-producing bacteria in the back teeth that can quickly cause cavities and decay.
Dental sealants literally “seal out” tooth decay because they seal the tooth off from food particles and sugars from ever reaching inside the deep pits and grooves. The plastic coating that is painted on the back teeth and hardened with a special curing light, acts as a barrier for the back teeth. Adults who are prone to cavities or who have especially deep grooves in their back teeth are encouraged to have dental sealants applied in order to prevent dental issues.
At Meridian Campus Dental, we are proud to be an advocate for your oral health. If you are interested in having dental sealants applied to your teeth or to a family member’s teeth, please ask at your next appointment. We are happy to help you promote optimal oral health.
Posted on behalf of Meridian Campus Family Dental