Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. Sealants are made of a plastic material and are applied to chewing surfaces primarily on back teeth, where cavities occur most often. It is often hard to reach these areas when brushing. Sealants provide a layer of protection keeping food particles from settling into grooves and depressions that naturally occur in the premolars and molars.
Dr. Thiel paints the sealant directly on the tooth enamel where it bonds and hardens. Sealants may last up to several years with normal chewing before a new application is needed. This is checked by Dr. Thiel at every appointment.
Both children and teenagers are good candidates for sealants to protect them from tooth decay, however, adults can benefit as well. Ask Dr. Thiel on your next visit of you could be a candidate.
Molars have peaks and valleys; even baby teeth have pits and fissures that are susceptible to bacteria that eat away at the tooth surface.
Dr. Thiel uses sealant materials that are safe for children and adults. Dental sealants are a great way to extend the life of your permanent teeth and improve your dental health.
See below for recommendations from the America Dental Association for important steps to prevent tooth decay:
- Brushing twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste
- Cleaning between the teeth daily with floss or another interdental cleaner
- Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks
- Visiting your dentist regularly