Brushing certain parts of your teeth can be difficult. Hard to reach spots, backside of molars, and sometimes even serious gag reflexes, can all be major obstacles that oral health has to overcome. Sometimes, after it is established that certain areas of a patient’s mouth are far too difficult for them to maintain a proper cleaning regime on their own, a dental care provider may suggest the patient look into getting sealants.
A sealant is essentially a durable coating that is covered over a molar that is particularly hard to reach in the back of a patients mouth. The intention of the sealant is in the name; to seal the tooth. Usually a dental assistant or dentist themselves will perform a deep clean on the molar in order to rid it of as much plaque and bacteria as possible to make room for an effective sealant.
After a professionally applied sealant is in place, the upkeep is fairly simple. Cleaning teeth regularly is very simple and easy to do for patients, despite them not being able to properly clean the tooth in the first place. The sealant acts as a barrier for future plaque and build up to seriously affect the tooth. As a result, it’s as if the molar is protected from potential cavities and future breakdown of health as long as the sealant is upheld and in tact.
How Long Does A Sealant Last?
Sealants are expected to last upwards of 10 to 15 years. Their strength and endurance can survive the everyday meal and wear and tear of salivation, as long as regular brushing and flossing is upkept. However, sealants are not indestructible and can easily chip or break under certain circumstances. As strong as they seem, sealants can be brittle in the right conditions.
High impact against another tooth is very serious when it comes to keeping a sealant healthy. If a patient plays any contact sports or participates in any high-impact activities, they should be sure to wear a safe mouthguard that is strong enough to protect teeth. If two teeth collide upon impact, the sealant between them could easily chip.
Hard foods and candies are also enemies of sealants. Many times patients find themselves subconsciously chewing on not necessarily edible items, and as a result they can quickly chip or abbraise their sealant. Be sure to be fully conscious of all things sticky and strong that you put in your mouth. Hard candies can be bad friends to a mouth’s health.
Replacing A Sealant
If you have been interested in getting a sealant for your molar, or you have had a previous sealant that is beginning to wear down and crack, you can get help and comfort quickly for your mouth. Contact the Sugar Land Dental Spa today to schedule an appointment with our trusted oral health care professionals.