Tooth decay is a prevalent oral issue that affects patients of all ages. Even though tooth brushing and flossing can help, they can’t prevent all bacteria from accumulating and damaging your teeth. Getting sealants for your molars offers additional protection and decreases your chances of having cavities on your tooth surface. We can apply these protective coats and keep decay and other dental problems away.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Sealants are composite resin coatings we apply over tooth surfaces to shield your teeth from decay. Sealants usually go on your molars and premolars, located at the back of your mouth. These teeth are more exposed to food debris and bacteria because you use them the most for chewing, and they are harder to reach when you brush. Therefore, we apply sealants as a preventative measure to keep your smile safe and healthy for at least two years.
Before placing the sealants, we clean your teeth thoroughly and apply a substance to help the coatings stick. We then paint the sealants over your teeth and harden the material with a UV light, protecting you against 80% of cavities. Sealants wear down over time, so you should visit your dentist regularly to know if you need replacements.
Who Should Get Dental Sealants?
Dentists recommend children get sealants when their molars and premolars erupt, but adults should also undergo this procedure to care for their permanent teeth. Below are some advantages of dental sealants:
- They’re long-lasting
- They’re a non-invasive procedure
- You’re less likely to get cavities
- They’re painless
Do You Want to Protect Your Smile with Sealants in Jacksonville, FL?
Your molars and premolars will be safer from cavities if our team applies sealants over these surfaces. Contact our team today to find out more about this preventative service, and schedule a visit to our office!