Many patients do not realize how common dental cavities are. They are actually second to only the common cold in prevalence in both kids and adults in the U.S. The dentist’s top priority is to keep your mouth and teeth healthy, so no deep decay or cavities can develop. There are several ways this can be accomplished, including maintaining good hygiene at home and seeing our dentist in Los Angeles regularly. One treatment our dentist may recommend to help aid this goal is the application of dental sealants.
Dental sealants are made of a special plastic coating. This coating is carefully placed on the cusps, or chewing surfaces, of the molars and premolars. It protects these teeth from bacteria, plaque, and tartar, which are known to develop in the nooks and crannies of these teeth. These grooves and fissures can often be hard to reach with your tooth brush, which means they can require this extra layer of protection.
Sealants can be placed during a short appointment, typically only lasting about half an hour. The plastic coating is so thin, patients do not even notice it is there afterwards. We often recommend this option for kids who have recently received all of their adult teeth. Ask our dentist about this preventive treatment today.