In today’s society, life moves at a crazy pace. Most people have schedules that are too full, with too many places to be, and too many people to see. Because of this, many people are often looking for easy solutions to problems. Americans enjoy grocery pick-up, food delivery, video conferences, and more to make the most of their time. Due to such busy lives, it is no surprise that a large portion of dental appointments is canceled or rescheduled every month. Fitting in another appointment, often made months in advance, is a challenge for many people. Having your teeth cleaned regularly is tremendously important, and keeping your teeth cleaned is not as difficult as it may seem. One easy way to protect your teeth between dental visits is by having dental sealants applied to your back teeth.
Contrary to what many people assume, dental sealants are not just for children and adolescents. Adults benefit from dental sealants as well. The back teeth, or molars, are incredibly rough-surfaced. They are designed with grooves and pits to help crush food so that it is easy to swallow. Yet, these deep grooves and pits are notorious for trapping food particles and succumbing to decay. Dental sealants are an easy way to “seal out” bacteria and food particles so that they do not damage your back teeth.
Dental sealants are generally applied following a professional cleaning. Once the teeth are thoroughly cleaned, the back teeth are prepared for sealants. This quick and painless application involves an etching material being painted on the teeth to help the sealants adhere to the molars. Then, a thin plastic coating is painted on the teeth. This material is hardened with a special curing light that creates a bond between the molars and the sealant. Each sealant takes about 2 minutes for the application process and can last up to four years.
At Precision Digital Dentistry, we know that there is no substitution for proper oral hygiene. However, we also appreciate the fact that dental sealants are an easy way to help with cavity prevention. Contact our practice today to learn more about how this simple procedure can protect your smile.