If you look at your teeth, you will notice that they do not all look the same. The reason for that is because they have different jobs to do. For example, your back teeth, which are called your molars and premolars, are designed to grind your food to make it easier to swallow and digest. To do that, they are equippred with ridges, known as cusps. Those cusps create fissures in your teeth, which cannot be reached by your toothbrush. These are also places where plaque and bacteria can work to produce cavities.
Dental sealants are thin layers of plastic which are placed on your back teeth. They provide an extra barrier between your tooth enamel and those cavitiy causing substances. Your dentist will clean and dry your tooth and then apply a mild acidic solution. This will create tiny abasions on your tooth, which will help the sealant to adhere. When it has cured, your molars and premolars will have an extra layer of protection.
Sealants are usually applied to back teeth as soon as they erupt and are most often used for children between the ages of 6 and 16. However, adults and older children who are prone to cavities, or whose back teeth are in good shape, may benefit from sealants. Remember that dental sealants only protect the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, so you will still need to bush twice a day, floss once a day, and to see your dentist for your routine appointments.
If it is time for dental sealants for your child or another member of your familty, our dentist, Dr. Bart Deering will be happy to help. To make an appointment at Bart Deering DDS in Garland, Texas, call 972-271-4545 today.