Brushing and flossing your teeth are the first line of defense against cavities, but cleaning every area in your mouth, especially around groove-filled molars, isn’t easy. Molars have uneven surfaces, becoming a favorite hiding spot for food debris and harmful bacteria.
Dental sealants from White Sage Dentistry in Salem, Oregon, are plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth to seal out acids, sensitivity, food deposits, and decay-causing bacteria. If cavities have been getting the better of you, try dental sealants today!
Dental sealants are a colorless plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent decay. They create a smooth surface over the fine pits and grooves, making it challenging for harmful bacteria to adhere. Additionally, dental sealants enhance the cleanliness of the chewing surfaces, facilitating easier brushing.
There is a common misconception that sealants are only suitable for children. While children are at risk of cavities because of poor oral hygiene and love for sugary foods, dental sealants are ideal even for adults. So, if you have teeth riddled with grooves and other hard-to-clean spots, talk to our dentist about teeth sealants.
You don’t need any preparation to have dental sealants placed. These protectors are applied during your routine dental exam and only take a few minutes. After a professional dental cleaning, the dentist or hygienist will dry your teeth before applying an acidic gel that creates a strong bonding surface for the sealant to adhere to.
Next, the dentist carefully paints the dental sealant on the chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth. We’ll then use a special light to harden the sealant to form a durable restoration. With proper care, dental sealants can last up to five years. However, you must see a dentist regularly to check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary.
Do you experience tooth sensitivity when consuming hot and cold drinks? Are your teeth sensitive when brushing teeth? Dental sensitivity is a common problem caused by dental damage, decay, gum disease, etc. Tooth sensitivity occurs when the enamel wears down, exposing the sensitive inner structures.
One of the ways of addressing tooth sensitivity is by applying teeth sealants. A dental sealant provides an additional protective layer that prevents acids and extreme temperatures from reaching the sensitive parts of the tooth.
Dental sealants aren’t a substitute for brushing and flossing but effectively protect your teeth against cavities. Dental sealants offer many benefits, including:
According to the ADA, dental sealants reduce cavities by 80%, so if you combine them with diligent oral hygiene, you have a near-perfect defense against decay.
Shruti Jadeja, DDS graduated from dental school in India, her home country, where she
practiced dentistry for three years before moving to the USA in 2010. She worked with a
great researcher at the UCLA School of Dentistry in Oral Biology
studied at the
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. After living in
California and Colorado,
she moved to Oregon, where she has been providing compassionate, high-quality dental care
for patients from the community.
Dr. Jadeja’s goal is healthy, happy smiles for all patients in and around Salem, Oregon.
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