How To Guard Against Cavities
When a patient visits our office for a hygiene examination and cleaning, the biggest concern is always whether we have found tooth decay. Patients of all ages often struggle to properly clean their back teeth. Since our back molars do most of the chewing, there is always food and bacteria that linger behind. Unfortunately, food that remains trapped in those grooves will eventually turn into cavities, and treatment will be recommended. Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a treatment that could help prevent cavities from developing in the back teeth? You are in luck! Continue reading to learn more about this tooth-saving treatment.
What Are Dental Sealants?
If you or a loved one is struggling to properly clean your rear molars, we have a solution that can help prevent cavities from developing — dental sealants. A dental sealant is a clear coating that is brushed on the chewing surface of the teeth and hardens as it dries. The treatment is typically used on the back molars, since they are most vulnerable to decay. While dental sealants are typically recommended for children, adults are also eligible for this treatment.
Benefits of Dental Sealants
Patients appreciate the many benefits dental sealants provide. The procedure takes mere minutes, which is a benefit for our very young patients. The treatment is non-invasive and can be completed following a regular dental cleaning.
One of the biggest benefits of dental sealants is that they cost far less than any restorative treatment to repair a decayed tooth. Dental sealants prevent 80% of cavities in the back teeth, which is the primary location where decay occurs. If cared for properly, dental sealants can last for up to 10 years and can be replaced if they should happen to chip, crack, or wear away.
If you would like to consider sealants for you or your child, please feel free to contact us with any questions. We also encourage you to contact our office to schedule your next oral hygiene examination. We want to make sure you have the information you need to make the best choices for your dental health in New Market, ON. We look forward to seeing you soon!