As the old adage goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Preventing dental issues from occurring is the best method in promoting optimal oral health, and at Pacific Sky Dental, we are happy to serve our patients with one of the best preventive dental treatments that has a powerful result. Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The application is simple and painless, making them optimal for even the youngest or most anxious dental patients.
The most important reason for having dental sealants applied is to prevent tooth decay. The foods that we eat are made up of sugars – even in the healthiest of diets – and these sugars break down in the mouth and produce acids. Over time, these acids can create a cavity in the tooth. Whether it is a small cavity or a large one, any cavity is a form of tooth decay. The prevention of tooth decay is essential in promoting optimal oral health for the long term.
The chewing surfaces of the premolars and molars are rough and uneven because they have many grooves and pit. While these uneven surfaces make chewing food easier, they also make cleaning the teeth more difficult. These grooves and pits are common places for food particles to become trapped. When these food particles are not removed due to a toothbrush’s bristles being too large, the acids from the sugars in foods congregate to break down the food – and unfortunately break down the tooth enamel in the process. Dental sealants have the specific purpose of sealing out food particles and acid from the back teeth. The thin plastic coating is simply painted on to clean teeth and hardened with a curing light so that they bond to the premolars and molars. Dental sealants typically last for four years before needing to be reapplied, making them worth any out-of-pocket cost.
Pacific Sky Dental wants to help you achieve and maintain the healthiest smile possible. We are proud to offer dental sealants to patients of all ages in order to prevent tooth decay from damaging their teeth. Please contact our practice today to schedule e an appointment.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Raymond Jone, Pacific Sky Dental
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