No one wants to have oral health issues. That’s why at SPA Dental Group, located in New York City and Washington DC, we help educate you on preventive care and provide treatments that keep your teeth and gums in optimal condition.
You can play a proactive role in keeping your oral health at its peak by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily, as well.
In addition, attend your routine cleanings at our office every six months for professional care that may include dental sealants.
When you should get dental sealants
To keep your teeth protected, we apply thin dental sealants over your back molar teeth (your chewing surfaces). Though this treatment is beneficial for children and adults, you have more protection if you get them when you’re younger.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that children between the ages of 6 and 11 that don’t have sealants are almost three times more prone to having molar cavities than children that have sealants.
For most individuals, your first set of molars comes in when you’re around age 6, and your second ones break through when you’re about age 12. When we apply sealants at these stages of life, your teeth can stay cavity-free for a long time.
How dental sealants work
When you chew food, the debris left behind sits on your teeth. These food particles turn into bacteria that produce acids, which can cause holes called cavities that develop in your teeth.
However, when we apply dental sealants, it’s like covering your teeth with a shield. They create a barrier between cavity-causing bacteria and your teeth and stop the leftover food from settling in.
What to expect during the treatment
Getting dental sealants is a safe, painless, and quick process.
We first clean your teeth and then dry them. Next, we place an acidic gel on your teeth that makes the surfaces rough to create a strong bond between your tooth and the sealant. We then wait a few seconds and rinse the gel off.
We dry your teeth and apply the sealants, coating the grooves of your molars. Last, we use a special light to harden the sealant.
If you have early decay and want added protection, we can apply a dental sealant over it to keep it from progressing.
To learn more about how to protect your teeth with dental sealants, call or click here today to make an appointment.