The best way to promote a lifetime of good oral health is to be proactive about oral health care. This includes brushing and flossing regularly and seeing a dentist for bi-annual checkups. Still, even individuals who are diligent about oral health may run into dental problems, including cavities.
Dental sealants are an easy and effective preventative dentistry treatment that protect the back teeth (molars) from tooth decay and cavities before they even have a chance to form. Dr. Mia Fitzgerald, a trusted dentist serving families in Sudbury and the surrounding area, often recommends dental sealants for her youngest patients, as soon as their permanent molars grow in. The earlier the sealants are put in place, the sooner your child’s teeth are protected from cavities and further damage. That said, patients of all ages have benefitted from dental sealants.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are painted onto the chewing surfaces of teeth. They are usually placed on the molars, which can be more difficult to brush and floss properly than the front teeth, making it easier for bacteria to hide. Dental sealants work by sealing out plaque and acids, preventing them from sticking to the teeth and causing cavities down the line.
Dental sealants are a preventative treatment used to protect teeth before decay forms. Not only do they minimize the risk of cavities, they also may help avoid extensive and costly dental treatments (e.g., dental fillings, crowns, etc.) in the future.
Dental sealants can be placed during a quick and easy procedure in our office. First, Dr. Fitzgerald cleans the teeth and dries them thoroughly before applying a slightly acidic solution that works to help the sealant material adhere more strongly to the teeth. Then, the grooves and fissures of the teeth are painted with a very thin layer of sealant coating. The coating will be hardened using a high-intensity curing light. Because the sealant coating is clear or white, dental sealants blend in easily with the natural tooth enamel.
Dental sealants do not require any special maintenance. However, they should be checked regularly by a dentist. With good oral hygiene, dental sealants can last for many years. Dental sealants can be reapplied routinely for optimal protection.
Meet with Our Family-Friendly Dentist
Working with a talented and experienced dentist that you trust is critical to establishing lifelong good oral health habits. Dr. Fitzgerald is the dentist patients in Sudbury trust for exceptional and personalized dental care. Her warm and friendly approach make patients of all ages feel at ease when receiving treatment at our office. Dr. Fitzgerald, along with our world-class team, will work diligently to meet you and your family’s dental health needs.
To learn more about dental sealants or the other preventative dentistry services Dr. Fitzgerald offers, please schedule a dental appointment. Contact our office to speak to a member of our team today.