Earlier we talked about the importance of regular dental cleanings and exams as a proactive measure against tooth decay and cavities. Another proactive measure you can take to deter cavities on the back teeth for yourself or your child is the application of dental sealants.
Why Seal Your Molars?
Unlike the rest of your teeth, your molars have a rough surface (or cusps) where bacteria, food particles and acid can hide. Because of their location, they are also harder to reach and clean than the rest of your teeth. These are also the teeth that you use to bite and chew your food throughout the day, thanks to their ridges and grooves. Properly chewing your food makes it easier to breakdown and digest when it reaches your stomach so essential nutrients can better be absorbed. While they break down your food effectively your molars also harbor bacterial debris. That’s why it’s so important to brush and floss them daily.
To give your molars that extra boost of prevention, dental sealants seal in the grooves and ridges so that harmful oral bacteria cannot dig their way through holes in the enamel and form cavities. The sealant material is typically clear or tooth-colored resin so you can’t even see it. Dr. Patel paints this resin material onto the molars as a protective barrier. This smooth coating also makes it easier to clean! As you can see, when it comes to your cavity-fighting arsenal, dental sealants are an indispensable tool.
If you have questions about dental sealants for yourself (or your child), please reach out to our experienced dental team in Frisco, Texas by calling (469) 362-3150 today to schedule a visit. Dr. Paresh B. Patel and our team are equipped with a variety of tools to give your smile the protection it needs!