The main way to ward away tooth decay and dental disease is to brush teeth twice daily, and floss at least once. However, even a careful brusher may miss the nooks and crannies on the tops of teeth. Molars especially can have an irregular shape, and in the spaces between the peaks and valleys, food debris and bacteria can thrive.
Anyone who’s diligent enough to work the bristles of the brush over all the surfaces of each tooth should be able to clear away any of the debris or plaque that can lead to tooth decay or, between the spaces of teeth, gum disease. And careful, diligent brushing habits are paramount to a healthy mouth, but there are also sealants, put in place by your dentist at Premier Smile, that work to ensure that your efforts with the toothbrush and a strand of floss are not wasted.
Statistically, sealants reduce the risk of tooth decay by 80%. Amazing that such a small thing can have such a great impact on oral health. And while sealants are an obvious health benefit for adults, statistics also show that school-age children who don’t have sealants—over 50% of children studied did not have sealants—are three times more likely to develop cavities than their childhood counterparts.
To understand what a sealant is and how it works, first let’s talk about tooth decay: a cavity is a hole in the tooth caused by acids produced by bacteria. Bacteria produce these acids when they are able to feed on the sugars within leftover food debris.
So, when a sealant is applied to the tooth, it covers the surface, both at the peak and in the valley, on the tooth and prevents food debris from settling. And sealants are simple for your dentist at Premier Smile to apply. Your dentist will apply the sealant onto the grooves of the tooth, and then use a blue light to harden the sealant. Simple and effective.
If you have any other questions about dental sealants, or if you are ready to schedule your next appointment with your dentist at Premier Smile, then call today.