Sometimes brushing is not enough. Everyone has hard-to-reach spots in their mouth and brushing doesn’t always fully clean those difficult places.
When that happens, you are at risk of tooth decay. Using sealants on your teeth gives you an extra line of defense against tooth decay.
Dental sealants are plastic resins that bond and harden in the deep grooves on your tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective.
The application of dental sealants is a very simple procedure that takes only a few minutes for each tooth. The procedure begins by painting the tooth to be sealed with a resin that is either transparent or matches the color of your natural teeth. This is then allowed to dry for a few minutes. Sealants can endure the force of normal chewing and with good care they could last for several years.
It’s important to remember that sealants are meant to be part of a complete program of dental health that includes dental checkups, fluoride, brushing, flossing, and a good diet.
For more information about dental sealants or to make an appointment, call (210) 971-8989.