There is little question that the best way to prevent cavities is by brushing and flossing regularly, and by seeing your dentist for regular dental cleanings. The reality of the situation, however, is that no matter how adept you are with a toothbrush or flossing tool, it is not easy to clean every part of your teeth.
The spaces in between teeth — sometimes referred to as “interdental spaces” — and all of the nooks and crannies on the chewing surfaces of the teeth can be particularly difficult to clean thoroughly. This is especially true of the back teeth, or “molars,” which are well suited to their job of grinding food, but as a result are quite rough, and so are an easy place for food and the bacteria that causes tooth decay to hide. If you are worried about the future of your tooth and would like to have an extra line of defense against cavities and tooth decay, it is worth investigating the benefits of dental sealants. And the Dental Center of Norcross can help.
What Are Dental Sealants?
The application of dental sealants in a preventative dental procedure that involves applying a thin coating — often made of plastic or a similar material — that forms a protective shell over your back teeth. We sometimes liken dental sealants to “raincoats” for the teeth, although they are more akin to something like wetsuits. The bacteria that live in everyone’s mouth feed on the food particles that remain in our teeth after we floss and brush, and as a byproduct, they create acids that make holes (“cavities” or “dental caries”) in the enamel of the tooth. Dental sealants form a barrier to block those food particles and bacteria, and perhaps most important, the acids that cause this type of decay.
Having dental sealants does not mean that you do not need to brush or floss — quite the opposite. But on the whole, sealants do an excellent job of keeping tooth decay from invading teeth and becoming cavities.
The statistical data doesn’t lie: according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dental sealants reduce cavities in back teeth by up to 80%.* This statistic is made all the more powerful by the fact that nine out of ten cavities occur in these back teeth, making dental veneers a very powerful tool against tooth decay indeed. The CDC goes on to note that children and teens with sealants have nearly three times more cavities than children with sealants.
Overall, the benefits of dental sealants are clear.
The Five Benefits of Dental Sealants
There are many benefits to having dental sealants applied by an experienced dentist like the ones at the Dental Center of Norcross. Perhaps the four most important are:
- Dental sealants are safe. There are no adverse effects, and they are particularly useful for children and teens.
- The installation of dental sealants is non-invasive and completely pain-free. Your dentist will clean and dry your teeth, apply an acidic adhesive gel, rinse and dry again, apply the dental sealants themselves, and then harden the sealant using a special blue light. The entire process requires only one visit and is quite simple.
- Sealants offer an extra layer of protection to your teeth and are easy to maintain and repair.
- They last for up to ten years.
- Most importantly, they have been demonstrated to significantly reduce cavities and tooth decay and improve a patient’s overall oral health.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of dental sealants, reach out to our specialists today.
Contact the Dental Center of Norcross to Learn More
At the Dental Center of Norcross, we offer a broad range of preventative dental procedures, of which dental sealants are only one. If you would like to get more service information for yourself or your child or teen, reach out to us today online or call us at 678.504.6422.