There are a lot of situations where brushing is not going to be enough to keep your teeth healthy. There are hard to reach areas of your mouth and getting to the small cracks and grooves in your teeth can be very difficult. If you do not get into those hard areas to clean, you may start to develop tooth decay. A sealant will provide your teeth with extra protection against decay and against cavities.
Dental sealants are made from a plastic resin that will bond and harden to the deep grooves of your teeth. After sealing the tooth, the tiny grooves of your teeth will become smooth and you can minimize the plaque buildup in your mouth. When you have sealants put on, you can brush your teeth easier and protect yourself against tooth decay.
Sealants are usually applied to children’s teeth as a preventative measure when the permanent teeth have broken through the gums. The sealant acts as a protection against tooth decay. Adults can also have sealants put on their healthy teeth. Talk with us about your teeth and any need you might have for sealants on your teeth.
Sealants usually last anywhere from three to five years but they are only effective when they are still intact. If your sealants come off, let your dentist know so you can schedule an appointment and get your teeth re-sealed.