Fort Worth, TX
There is no substitute for regular brushing and flossing your teeth. These are essential for maintaining your oral health and protecting them from a cavity. However, there are always some nooks and crooks that the brush does not clean regularly and are more prone to plaque-building and cavities. In such cases, you can do two things:
Get dental exams regularly to know if there is something to worry about your oral health. If plaque builds on your teeth, you can also get teeth cleaning done.
Secondly, you can get a teeth sealant.
What are Dental Sealants?
A dental sealant is a thin protective covering over your teeth, especially your molars. Molars are particularly susceptible to growing bacteria as they are uneven and difficult to clean. A sealant acts as a safety net against bacteria so that a cavity does not develop in the first place.
We recommend sealants for children who like to eat too many sweets but cannot maintain oral cleanliness and get frequent cavities. If you have such a child at home, book an appointment with Dr. Monjit S. Guram and at HomeTown Dental at Alliance to be on the safe side.
How Do Sealants Work?
Sealants prevent the development of cavities in the first place. To understand how it does this, you need to know how cavities develop. Cavities are holes in your teeth that happen when your mouth's bacteria interact with the food particles in your mouth and produce acids. This acid erodes your teeth and creates holes, which you can see as cavities.
A sealant does not allow the food particles to settle in your teeth, so it does not even get a chance to meet the bacteria and produce acid. Hence, protecting your teeth from getting cavities.
Application of Sealants
If you are hesitant to get a sealant because you fear that the application of a sealant will be a long, painful process, there is great news for you. Application of sealants is a short, painless process.
||First, our dentists thoroughly clean all of your teeth.
||Then, they dry each tooth and apply an acidic solution on your molars to roughen them. This helps the teeth bond with the sealant.
||Then, the acidic solution is rinsed, and all of the teeth are dried.
||Finally, the dentist applies the sealant, which hardens when it dries.
How Long Does a Dental Sealant Last?
Dental sealants usually last for a long period, often for several years. They can be applied over dental fillings and cavities to prevent further cavities.
Schedule an appointment with us at 682-204-5777 so that we can assess your teeth's condition during your dental exam and see if you need to reapply the sealant or need any other dental fillings or a thorough dental cleaning.