Protect Your Teeth With This Simple Treatment
Do you feel that you have good oral hygiene habits and still suffer from tooth decay? We know that it can be very frustrating to experience, but please know that you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, more than 92% of adults have cavities in their permanent teeth. There are many factors that can lead to tooth decay, such as sweets, frequent snacking, lack of oral care, medications, aging, and family history. There is a treatment we offer that can assist in maintaining your oral health and fending off pesky cavities. The biggest benefit is that it is available for children as well as adults. Continue reading to learn more about this simple treatment.
Dental Sealants – Not Just For Kids
We know what you might be thinking, “Dental sealants are for kids!” We are here to tell you that dental sealants are for children and adults alike and are used as a way to create a barrier between the tooth and harmful bacteria. The treatment uses a very thin, clear coating that is brushed on the teeth and then cured until it hardens. The back teeth are typically treated, since they are more prone to tooth decay. The grooves in the rear teeth are more difficult to clean, especially for children and young teens.
The process for applying sealants is simple, quick, and free of discomfort. The teeth are first cleaned and dried. An acidic solution is then applied to the teeth to roughen the surface, ensuring that the sealant will adhere and remain on the teeth. The sealant is applied carefully, being sure to fully cover all the deep grooves. A light is then used to harden the surface. There are no special precautions needed following application. Sealants can last up to 10 years.
If you would like to consider sealants for you or your child, please feel free to contact us with any questions. We want to make sure you have the information you need to make the best choices for your dental health in Burton, MI. We look forward to seeing you soon!