Essential dental care includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting the dentist at least twice a year. There is a preventative option to further fight cavities (tooth decay) and gum disease. Sealants are plastic resins that dentists generally apply to your back teeth, or “hard chewing molars”. The sealant fills in the vulnerable areas of your teeth prone to plaque and decay, and once the sealant quickly hardens, your teeth are protected from harboring food and plaque.
Sealing your teeth is a painless and quick process. First, the dentist will thoroughly clean the teeth receiving the sealants, to ensure that bacteria will not be sealed between the resin and the teeth. Second, with an acidic solution, the dentist will rough up the surface of the teeth being sealed. The plastic resin (the actual seal) is painted onto the teeth, getting into every groove and other vulnerable parts of each tooth. Finally, once the resin quickly bonds, the teeth will be permanently protected.
How Long It Will Last
Sealants can last up to ten years with good oral care. Regular visits to the dentist are important to ensure the sealant is functioning properly.
Who Can Get Sealants
Anyone can receive sealants on molars without decay or fillings. However, it is recommended that children and teenagers have their back teeth sealed because it will help fight against tooth decay. Because children and teens tend to eat more sugary items and drink more sodas, it is important to take every action to protect their teeth.
It’s Worth the Investment
Getting sealants for the teeth in the back of your mouth can be a very wise investment. If you don’t have decay or fillings already in your molars, sealants can help diminish the risk of decay in your molars. They are a preventative action, enabling us to protect our teeth from decay and destruction. Because fillings and root canals can be painful, sealants are an especially good option for those who have dental phobia.
Taking these preventative actions for you and your children can help prevent the need for fillings or root canals in the future. However, sealants do not replace regular oral care. It is essential that you brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and visit your dentist every six months.
Greenspoint Dental offers many services, including sealants. To set up an appointment or to find out more information, contact Greenspoint Dental in Houston, Texas. We are dedicated to providing you and your family with the best oral care.