Are you looking for an effective way to boost your oral hygiene and protect your teeth from cavities? At Pershing Family Dental, we recommend dental sealants as a valuable addition to your dental care routine. This October, we’re offering a special deal: Buy One Get One Free Dental Sealants.
Understanding Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, namely premolars and molars. These teeth often have tiny pits and fissures that can trap food and bacteria, making them susceptible to decay. Sealants act as a protective layer, preventing plaque build-up and preserving your dental health.
The Importance of Dental Sealants
While brushing and flossing are critical daily habits for maintaining oral health, they might not reach all the nooks and crannies in your back teeth. Dental sealants fill this gap by providing an extra layer of protection on these hard-to-reach surfaces. They are particularly beneficial for children and adolescents whose back teeth are prone to cavities due to deep pits and fissures. However, adults can also benefit significantly from dental sealants.
The Process of Applying Sealants
The application of dental sealants is straightforward and painless. Our dental team starts by cleaning your teeth thoroughly and checking for any signs of decay. We then prepare the tooth surface with a specific solution to ensure the sealant adheres well. The sealant material is then applied to the grooves of your teeth and hardened using a curing light. If a small cavity is detected, our professionals clean out any infection before sealant placement, ensuring optimal protection against decay.
Dental Sealants: Not Just for Kids
While children are often the primary recipients of dental sealants, adults can also benefit from this preventive measure. Sealants are an excellent solution for adults whose permanent teeth have small grooves that can harbor bacteria.
Why Choose Dental Sealants?
Here are four compelling reasons to consider dental sealants:
- Cost-Effective: Dental sealants are an investment in your oral health, preventing expensive damage and decay.
- Cavity and Gum Disease Protection: By covering the grooves and fissures on your teeth, sealants prevent the accumulation of food debris and plaque, significantly reducing your risk of cavities and gum disease.
- Safe and Durable: When properly applied and maintained, dental sealants can keep your teeth cavity-free for up to 10 years. It’s important to regularly check the condition of your sealants, as they can wear off or become damaged over time.
- Enhances Oral Hygiene: Sealants make the chewing surfaces of your teeth smoother, making brushing more effective. Remember, while helpful, sealants don’t replace daily brushing and flossing—they’re an addition to your oral hygiene routine.
How can I assist my child in maintaining oral health?
Keeping up with dental sealants is an easy task and does not differ from the normal care of your teeth. For optimal results, use a toothbrush featuring soft bristles along with a re-mineralizing agent like hydroxyapatite or fluoride-based toothpaste twice daily. This simple practice ensures outstanding oral hygiene and safeguards your mouth against decay caused by plaque buildup.
Eating a diet high in berries or colorful juices may cause your child’s dental sealants to become stained, or even fall off if they indulge in gummy and sugary treats too often. For optimal oral hygiene, it is important to ensure that healthy eating habits and at-home care techniques are part of their regular routine.
How long will dental sealants last?
Sealants are impressive in their durability, enduring chewing, and other wear and tear for several years. Depending on the material used as well as the technique applied, they can even offer up to 10 years of protection against decay – an invaluable benefit!
If your kids are clenching, teeth grinding, or suffering from acid reflux frequently and/or exposed to an acidic diet; the sealants may not stay on as long. When that happens, don’t worry! Your dentist will inspect them during preventive care visits and suggest reapplication if necessary.
Schedule your next dental visit and ask us about dental sealants!
Now you know the many benefits of having a dental sealant placed on your molars and premolars. Schedule your appointment with us today and let’s discuss if the sealants are right for you! We’ll provide a comprehensive evaluation of your mouth to identify any cavities or oral health problems that you have.
Call us at (915) 260-6575 or click the link below to schedule your next dental appointment!