Preventive care is essential for your dental health, because certain treatments can be used to help you avoid common dental problems. Some people mistakenly disregard common preventive dental treatments, resulting in a situation where they must have bigger dental treatments. If you want to take a proactive approach to avoid cavities and other dental health issues, then you should talk with our experienced staff here at Millennium Dental.
We offer dental sealants and other types of preventive treatments, such as fluoride. We know how effective these methods can be to keep your teeth protected, which is why we encourage our patients to learn more about the options that are available.
When a tooth sealant is applied to your teeth, the sealant actually works to prevent tooth decay. Cavities are a common problem for both children and adults, especially on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. When food particles get caught in the small crevices located on the chewing surface of the teeth, then it is possible for the tooth to decay in that area.
Many people have a number of grooves and indentations on the surface of their teeth, making it difficult to completely clean every portion of the tooth with a toothbrush. As a result, the bacteria might stay on the surface of the teeth and lead to decay. Dental sealants can be used to cover up the grooves and prevent food particles from getting stuck in those small spaces, which in turn prevents decay on the teeth.
A dental sealant is actually a plastic coating that is placed on the surface of the tooth. Usually, sealants are used for baby teeth after they emerge from the gums, and the treatment can be repeated multiple times throughout the child’s life. Over time, the dental sealant will eventually wear off and needs to be replaced.
Before the tooth sealant is applied, it is necessary to thoroughly clean the teeth and then dry the surface. Then, a product is applied to the teeth that will help the sealant to tightly bond to the surface of the teeth. Once the teeth have been painted with the sealant, a curing light is needed in order to harden the materials. Dental sealants are clear, so you won’t be able to see them on the teeth.
For more information about dental sealants and the other services available here in our office, contact us to schedule an appointment.