To prevent tooth decay and cavities on molars and premolars, sealants are a highly effective solution.
Typically, children receive sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as they come in to protect them through the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14. However, adults with no decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.
Applying sealants by a Southwest Portland dentist is an easy and quick process, which involves thorough cleaning of the teeth, drying them, applying a liquid solution on the chewing surfaces, and curing the solution using a special curing light.
By acting as a barrier, sealants protect the enamel from harmful plaque and acids.
As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be shielded from decay.
However, it is crucial to understand that sealants are not a replacement for regular brushing and flossing, as well as routine professional dental cleanings. They do not provide protection between the teeth, which is why daily flossing is essential for good oral health.
For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Terwilliger Dental to get in touch with a Southwest Portland dentist.