The most effective method of fighting cavities is to brush and floss regularly, but occasionally it can be tough to clean the whole surface of your teeth. This is particularly true in the case of our molars, which reside in the deep depths of our mouths and act as a haven for bacteria and leftover food. Luckily, Olney Dental Center offers sealants, which are thin, plastic coatings that are attached to your teeth where they prevent cavities and thwart early stages of decay.
When leftover food meets the bacteria in your mouth, acids are produced. These acids can create holes in your teeth, which we call cavities. Sealants work by stopping food from getting stuck in those hard-to-reach areas while also keeping bacteria and acid off the surface of your teeth.
Considering that most people get their first molars at around six, the earlier sealants are administered, the better. By sealing our molars at an early age, they could potentially stay cavity-free right from the beginning. And though you may consider them an expense, sealants are more like an investment. After all, having cavity-free teeth means less money spent in the long-run.
The application process for sealants is rather simple. First, Dr. Levine will clean the teeth the sealant will be placed on. After the surface is dry, he will apply an acidic gel, which forms a strong and durable bond between the sealant and the tooth or teeth to which it is being applied. After a swift rinse-and-dry, he will administer the sealant and harden it with a special blue light.
After sealants are placed, they can last several years before Dr. Levine will need to reapply them.
It is crucial to keep in mind that sealants aren’t an alternative to brushing your teeth. They only prevent cavities in certain locations. In order to keep a healthy smile, you will still have to brush and floss regularly. However, if you find that flossing and brushing aren’t enough to keep your teeth cavity-free, make sure to mention sealants to Dr. Levine during your next visit.