The choices you make every day directly affect your health. While most people want to put an emphasis on their weight and diet, there is much more to your overall health than simply watching the scale. Your oral health plays a huge role in the quality of life that you experience. It makes sense when you think about it, since almost everything you consume enters through your mouth. The foods you eat, the beverages you consume, and any bad habits (e.g. tobacco use) often originate with your mouth. Therefore, not only do healthy choices help to protect your oral health, but a simple preventative measure can also go a long way.
Dental sealants are a beneficial dental treatment that helps to protect the teeth of people of all ages. Many parents choose to have dental sealants put on their children’s teeth when their molars erupt, but they often do not think of how these sealants can also protect their own teeth.
Dental sealants are painted-on coatings that create a barrier over the molars and pre-molars to “seal out” harmful substances. With every bite of food, every sip of a beverage other than water, every piece of gum or candy, and every bad habit that involves your mouth – bacteria go to work attacking the tiny particles that are left behind. These bacteria create acids to assist them, and it is these acids that eat holes in the teeth (i.e. cavities) and cause decay. By having dental sealants applied to the back teeth, they are protected from harm because the acid-producing bacteria cannot become trapped in the deep grooves and pits of the teeth.
Having dental sealants applied is a fast and painless experience. It typically takes two minutes per tooth, and there is no discomfort involved. Once the teeth have been thoroughly cleaned, each molar is dried, and the sealant material is painted on the tooth. A special curing light is used to harden the sealant material so that it bonds with the enamel. Dental sealants typically last 2-4 years, and your dentist will check to make sure they are still in place at each visit.
To learn more about dental sealants and how they can protect your and your family’s oral health, contact Cane Bay Family Dentistry today.
1724 State Rd, #4D
Summerville, SC 29483