What You Need to Know About Dental Sealants

What You Need to Know About Dental Sealants

Are you looking for a way to protect your teeth or a loved one’s teeth? At our D’Iberville, MS dental office we believe preventative dental care is extremely important for optimal oral health. For this reason, we offer dental sealants to all of our patients. Although at-home dental care such as brushing and flossing can be helpful in protecting your teeth, for some patients, certain areas may be hard to reach or clean. This is where sealants can help; they can seal areas of a tooth that a brush may not typically reach.

What Are Dental Sealants?

The majority of people’s teeth have depressions, pits, and grooves on the chewing surfaces. These areas can make it harder for a patient to properly brush, floss and clean their teeth. When a sealant is applied to a tooth, it can seal these areas and form a protective layer, allowing a toothbrush to properly clean teeth. This protective layer can also help deter plaque buildup, decay, and cavities.

Applying Dental Sealants

At Back Bay Family Dentistry, we offer tooth-colored, resin coating dental sealants to help protect our patients’ smiles. The sealant is applied to the surface of teeth; it then quickly bonds and seals the pits, grooves, and depressions in teeth. This forms a protective shield over the enamel of the teeth, providing a smooth surface.

Patients that opt to not receive dental sealants can be more likely to have plaque buildup, decay, and cavities, which can lead to more invasive and costly procedures down the road. Applying sealants takes only minutes and can help ensure your teeth are as protected as possible.