Your teeth face an almost constant battle with bacteria. When you eat, tiny particles can remain in your mouth and feed these bacteria. Then they produce acids that can erode your teeth’s enamel, causing decay, otherwise known as a cavity. Although brushing and flossing are your best defenses against cavity-causing bacteria, your mouth could certainly benefit from having an additional layer of protection—dental sealants. At Mayfair Dental Associates, we proudly offer this option to you and your family as part of your preventive dental care.
A dental sealant is a thin, protective coating of plastic and other dental materials that is applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, where cavities are common especially for children. This coating keeps bacteria and food particles from settling in these cavity-prone areas and reaching the enamel.
Dental sealants can last for up to 10 years, but it is important to continue coming in for your six-month dental checkups so that we can make sure that the sealants are still in good condition and are working. We can always reapply the sealants as needed.
Your premolars and molars have rough, uneven surfaces that are ideal places for food particles and bacteria to accumulate. Dental sealants act like a shield, helping your back teeth steer clear from the damaging acids bacteria create. In fact, sealants have been found to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80 percent in molars.
As soon as your child gets their adult teeth, it is especially important for them to get dental sealants. According to the CDC, children without sealants get three times more cavities than those with them. You can significantly improve your child’s dental health by taking this preventive step, but it can also help your child in other ways. For example, studies have shown that children poor oral health earn lower grades than those with good oral health. We recommend getting dental sealants for your child as soon as possible to help them enjoy happy, healthy smiles for years to come!
After your teeth are thoroughly cleaned, each tooth is dried and isolated with cotton. Then, we apply a special acidic solution to make the surface rough and help the sealant bond with the tooth. After being rinsed and dried, your tooth then gets painted with the sealant. To help it harden more quickly, we may use a curing light. It’s that simple and painless!
Our team of dental professionals in Farmington Hills are committed to helping you and your child have healthy teeth now and in the future. Make an appointment with us to discuss getting dental sealants today. We look forward to seeing you soon!