Your Houston dentists at Smile Artist Dentistry, offer dental sealants to protect children’s teeth from decay. The seal acts as a barrier to prevent cavities. The plastic material is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay typically occurs.
Proper tooth brushing and flossing will remove food particles and plaque from the smooth surfaces of teeth. However, it is difficult for toothbrush bristles to get into the deep grooves of back teeth to extract food and plaque. Dental sealants protect these hard to reach areas by keeping plaque and food out.
It is easy to apply sealants. The plastic resin is painted onto the enamel, where it bonds to the tooth surface and hardens. This substance bonds into the pits and fissures of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The new barrier protects enamel from plaque and harmful acids. The tooth will be protected from decay, as long as the sealant remains intact. They can handle the force of normal chewing and may last many years before a reapplication is needed. During your regular visits at our Houston dental clinic, the condition of the sealants will be checked and they will be reapplied if necessary.
Since most pit and fissure cavities develop at an early age, children and teenagers are the top candidates for dental sealants. At the Smile Artist Dentistry office in Houston, sealants are offered to adults as well.
Always remember, the best way to prevent tooth decay and maintain oral health is by:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Flossing between the teeth daily
- Choosing a balanced diet and limiting snacks
- Visiting your Smile Artist Dentistry clinic regularly
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