Maintaining a healthy mouth is important. Preventing tooth decay is the first step of that maintenance. Having your dentist coat your teeth with sealants offer great protection against cavities. All throughout life, teeth become covered with a sticky film of bacteria. This bacteria is called plaque. Failing to brush your teeth after every meal, or before you go to bed aids plaque in it’s rapid growth. The plaque use sugar and starch in foods as a source of energy. The plaque eventually cause your teeth’s enamel to deteriorate, resulting in cavities.
Sealant is a plastic material that is usually applied to the premolars and molars. The plastic material gets into the grooves of the teeth, protecting the enamel from plaque and acids. Thorough brushing and flossing helps remove food particles and plaque from the smooth surfaces of teeth while the sealant protects them in the meantime. Sealants are easy to apply, and only takes a few minutes to seal your teeth. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Children benefit well from sealants, as most often they don’t brush as often or as well as they should. Adults can also benefit from sealants, as long as there are no signs of early cavities. Ask Dr. Garrett about sealants at your next visit, whether it’s for you or your child.
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