Problem teeth don’t begin as problems. In fact, your teeth are strong and should last a lifetime if…
You protect them!
Dental sealants are common among family and preventive dentistry services.
Because there are teeth that do a substantial amount of “heavy-lifting” in your mouth. If you protect them, you can count on them to remain decay and cavity free.
Specific teeth need protecting
The teeth that form the upper and lower areas of your mouth (back molars) are the teeth we’re talking about. They’re out of sight but they do an amount of work that requires proper care.
Your back molars provide your primary chewing function. Their surface areas are rough and grooved to help you chew (break down) the foods you eat.
Brushing and flossing have a role in their care. But it’s essential to prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar from forming in the grooves on your molars.
Bacteria that remains there within hardened tartar is what causes tooth decay that can lead to mouth pain, and cavities.
A simple, protective solution
This is where dental sealants provide you a strong, protective barrier. Sealants are made of plastic resin that’s effective for covering (sealing) the chewing surfaces of the teeth it’s applied to.
The seal guards those surfaces from bacteria entering the enamel and causing decay and cavities. Sealants protect you and your family’s teeth at any age.
Dental sealants are vital for your children. Application can begin when their permanent molars begin to appear (around age six).
The sealant is brushed onto your tooth surfaces after they’re cleaned and prepared. The sealant material bonds to your tooth surfaces and hardens.
Dental sealants can protect you and your family’s teeth for a number of years. Repeat applications will be recommended according to your treatment plan and date of previous application.
Contact your Knoxville dentist about protecting you and your family’s teeth from tooth decay and cavities. Ask about dental sealants during your next examination and teeth cleaning.