Protecting your teeth against tooth decay is one of the most important goals for your oral health. Tooth decay is all too common, but there are ways to help prevent it before it starts. One of the ways you can give your teeth extra protection against decay is with dental sealants. It’s an easy process, and the Center for Family & Implant Dentistry is happy to answer questions about this protective measure.
Protect Your Teeth Against Tooth Decay
Food particles, plaque and bacteria are hard to brush away, especially in teeth with deep grooves. The sealant covers and fills in grooves in the teeth and turns into a barrier. In just minutes, you can get those grooves coated, making your oral hygiene routine much easier. Sealants are especially helpful to keep children’s teeth as healthy as possible.
Getting a sealant applied to a tooth is simple. The way you normally chew won’t affect your sealants. They last a long time, but they will eventually need to be reapplied.
If you want your child to have sealants, or you want some on your teeth, you can talk to Dr. MacConnell or your dental hygienist at your appointment.
What To Expect With Dental Sealant Application
Dental sealants are quick and easy to apply — you can have them applied at your next checkup. The team first looks over your teeth for any decay on the ones to be sealed. If there is none, the tough coating can be applied to the biting surfaces. UV light is used to harden the sealant liquid for a pain-free procedure that will last for many years.
After you have sealants on your teeth, you still have to take care of them as you normally would. They need to be brushed and flossed like always, and you still need to go for your six-month dental exams.
Preventative Dentistry With Our Caring Team
If you’d like to get sealants for yourself or your child, talk to Dr. MacConnell at the Center for Family & Implant Dentistry about them at your next exam or any other time you’re in the office. Our Kingsport or Bluff City offices look forward to helping you be proactive with your oral health and achieve bright, healthy smiles.