Dental sealants help prevent tooth decay and cavities. Your back teeth, or molars, have several natural grooves and depressions where food particles, plaque, and tartar can build up. Even with regular brushing and flossing you may not be able to remove all of food particles and this can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and tartar buildup. Your dentist can apply a sealant to your teeth to help keep them healthy and white by forming a barrier between your teeth and the foods you eat and drink.
As you eat and drink plaque and tartar build up in your mouth. These substances are the leading cause of tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities in people of all ages. A sealant completely seals the tooth surface creating a shield between your teeth and the environment. Plaque and tartar can’t build up on the tooth because the sealant protects it.
Dental sealants are brushed onto the teeth and harden into a durable resin without removing tooth structure. This resin lasts for many years and protects your teeth. Since your molars are used for chewing and under a lot of stress they are perfect candidates for sealants. The sealants not only protect your teeth, but can add to their strength and resilience. Children and teenagers benefit most from the application of sealants, and many adults also opt for this treatment to protect their teeth.
During your regular dental visits Dr. Buckingham will inspect the condition of the sealant and reapply it if necessary. This will ensure your teeth are protected. As long as the sealant remains on the teeth they are protected from plaque and tartar buildup. Having sealants applied to your teeth is quick and painless. It also gives you an extra hedge of protection against common problems like gingivitis and tooth decay.
Call or contact us today and ask about the many benefits of dental sealants for your entire family. At Buckingham Dental our goal is to help you have the best smile possible, and the best oral health. We serve the entire Austin area and look forward to hearing from you soon!