Even if you are brushing and flossing your teeth meticulously, you still may not be doing everything you can to protect those hard to reach teeth in the back of your mouth. These back teeth, or molars, have depressions and grooves on their chewing surfaces which trap bacteria and food particles and encourage plaque formation. Brushing and flossing are your tools to keep out oral debris from the smooth surfaces of your teeth, but the bristles of your toothbrush can’t clean in the pits and fissures on the molars. This make them havens for harmful bacteria, sticky plaque and acids.
Sealants have been around since the 1970s and have a proven track record for preventing cavities in the molars and premolars. Sealants coat the chewing surfaces of molars. Sealant application is a simple procedure done in just one painless visit to your dentist. The liquid resin is painted onto the tooth enamel, bonding to the tooth as it hardens quickly. The plastic resin can be white, clear, or tinted depending on what type of sealant is used.
Once sealants are in place, they are inspected during future dental visits to make sure that they are not chipped or worn away. Sealants can last up to ten years with proper care and maintenance. Typical candidates for sealants are children and teenagers, but adults who tend to be cavity prone may want to have sealants applied, as long as these molars are cavity and filling-free.
For more information, see Dr. Charles Peter or give our team a call at 727-785-7202 today!