One of the most common places that children, teenagers, and adults get tooth decay is on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. Practicing good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing will help remove bacteria and food particles from the smooth surface of the tooth. However, it is difficult to thoroughly keep the fissures and pits of the back teeth clean. Ted French, DDS., can apply a dental sealant that is beneficial in preventing decay by protecting the grooves and depressions of teeth from the plaque and food particles that regular brushing and flossing cannot reach.
Dental sealants are easy to apply and it only takes a few minutes to apply the sealant to each tooth. First, Ted French DDS will clean and prepare the teeth that the sealant is being applied to. The sealant is then painted onto the biting surface of the teeth being treated. The sealant then bonds directly to the tooth and hardens with the assistance of a curing light. The sealants dry clear or white and typically cannot be noticed when you talk or smile.
When properly cared for, dental sealants can last for several years. If you have good oral hygiene and avoid biting on hard foods or objects, the sealants will last longer. During your regular dental visits, Ted French DDS will check the condition of the sealants and reapply the sealant when necessary.
Contact Ted French DDS at https://tedfrenchdds.com/contact-us for more information on how dental sealants can be beneficial in protecting your teeth from cavities.