Keeping our teeth perfectly clean can be challenging, even with meticulous brushing and flossing. And, thanks to the grooves and fissures that develop along the surface of our molars, it is extra difficult to get rid of the food particles and bacteria that can get left behind. As food gets stuck in the pits and grooves of your teeth, it can cause your teeth to decay. Luckily, this is where sealants can help by sealing in those fissures and leaving behind a smooth, even surface. This prevents food from getting stuck on them and bacteria from eating away at the tooth enamel.
What is a Dental Sealant?
A sealant is essentially a thin, clear, or tooth-coloured plastic coating that covers the flat surface of your back teeth that are used for chewing food. These molars often have unique indentations along them that need to be filled in to prevent future damage and decay. After the sealant is painted on to the necessary teeth, it will harden into a solid material that will blend in with your teeth and protect them.
Why Do I Need a Sealant?
Since the teeth towards the back of the mouth have a flatter surface that allows us to chew, they are much more susceptible to having food particles stuck on the surface and inside those indentations that are present. Bacteria can easily build up along these areas that can often be difficult to reach and remove with a toothbrush. Sealants can help minimize lingering food particles that can stick to the molars while preventing cavities and other issues from developing in the future.
What to Do if You Need a Sealant?
Having regular check-ups with the dentist is important for monitoring the condition and health of your teeth and gums. Here at Kemptville Smiles Dentistry, we will assess the condition of your teeth to pinpoint any susceptible areas that might require sealants. Preventative treatment will help protect your teeth and keep your oral health in check. Call us today to schedule an appointment!