When you eat and drink, food particles can find their way into the grooves and spaces of your teeth, where brushing often can’t reach properly. Once there, they can breed bacteria that lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities. Dental sealants offer excellent protection for your teeth by forming a barrier against these particles, and should be considered by anyone who experiences excessive tartar and plaque buildup, or frequent cavities. Providing children who have recently acquired their full set of adult teeth with dental sealants can help prevent a myriad of dental problems down the road, including cavities. While not a substitute for regular brushing and other preventive care, dental sealants are an excellent measure to help protect your teeth, and keep your smile looking healthy.
Dental Sealant Application
When applying a dental sealant, your dentist will first perform a thorough examination and give your teeth a professional cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar buildup that is currently present on your teeth. If any dental work is needed, or if you wish to undergo other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, this will need to be done before the dental sealant is applied. When your teeth are ready for the sealant, a special gel will then be applied to the surface of your teeth and rinsed off, and your teeth will be dried thoroughly. The clear sealant will then be painted onto your teeth and allowed to harden. This process is very simple, taking only a few minutes, and once applied the dental sealant can protect your teeth from anywhere between five and 10 years.
Dental sealants are an excellent way to protect your teeth from the damage that can occur from daily use, and anyone with their full set of permanent teeth can benefit. Most children have their last molars break through around the age of six, and dental sealants can save them from having more invasive and costly dental work performed later on. If you would like to know more about dental sealants, or are interested in having them applied to your teeth, call the office of Roger L. Gillespie, DDS today at 310-325-4155 for an appointment today. He can ensure that your teeth are well taken care of so that your smile stays bright and beautiful for years to come.