Fight Tooth Decay For The Whole Family With This Simple Treatment
Do you worry about your oral health and your family’s? It is a valid concern because there are many factors that affect your oral health. Foods you eat, how you care for your teeth, and family history all contribute to oral health. One of our patients’ biggest concerns is tooth decay in their children and themselves. Children are especially prone to tooth decay and cavities. We offer a treatment for children and adults that can help ward off cavities. Read on to learn about this simple treatment.
What Are Dental Sealants?
When cleaning your teeth, it is not always possible to get your brush into every nook and cranny in the top of your teeth. The top of your back molars are full of deep grooves, making it difficult for even adults to keep their teeth clean. This is especially difficult for children who struggle to clean their teeth properly. Unclean molars, along with frequent sweets, snacking, medications, aging, and family history can lead to cavities. We offer a treatment to help protect the back teeth from decay. The treatment uses a very thin, clear coating that is brushed onto the teeth and then cured until it hardens. The sealant acts as a barrier to protect the enamel from lingering food, acid, and plaque.
How Are Sealants Applied?
You might have heard of dental sealants before and are under the impression that they are only for children. Dental sealants are actually beneficial to children and adults, especially if you are someone who has very deep grooves in the back molars. The process for applying sealants is quick and free of discomfort. It can be completed in one office visit and can last for many years. After the teeth are cleaned and dried, an acidic solution is then applied to the teeth to roughen the surface, ensuring that the sealant will adhere and remain on the teeth. The sealant is then brushed on the back molars, covering the deep grooves. Finally, the coating is hardened with a light. There are no additional precautions to be taken after the treatment.
If you would like to consider sealants for you or your child, please feel free to contact us with any questions. We want to make sure you have the information you need to make the best choices for your dental health in Phoenix, AZ. We look forward to seeing you soon!