One of the best ways to protect against tooth decay is to use dental sealants. Sealants are like raincoats for your teeth: they are plastic coatings that adhere to each tooth and to protect against bacteria and debris. Dental sealants have empirically been effective in protecting against cavities, particularly in children.
Sealants are applied to permanent teeth, typically beginning with the molars. They are painted on and do not require any drilling or surgery. The entire procedure takes no more than 30 minutes, and usually less, but the sealant will last as many as ten years. Once the sealant is dry, it’s ready to protect against food particles and germs that contribute to tooth decay.
Many of our patients believe that only children have sealants. However, any individual can benefit from dental sealants, particularly if they are susceptible to tooth decay or have had several cavities. If you’re interested in getting dental sealants, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe today.