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A sealant is a clear or white plastic coating that is places on the biting surfaces of back teeth to help prevent tooth decay.
The Benefits of Sealant
Back teeth have deep grooves and pits that are very difficult to keep clean. Plaque, which is a sticky, colorless film of food and bacteria, collects in these grooves. Plaque is nearly invisible, so to see it, we may stain the plaque with a harmless red dye.
Every time you eat, the bacteria in plaque forms acid. Without a protective sealant, this acid attacks the enamel that protects your teeth and causes the enamel to break down. Then, you get a cavity.
To place the sealant, we thoroughly clean and dry your teeth. Next, a conditioning solution is applied. Then we brush the sealant material into the grooves of your back teeth. Some types of sealants harden on their own, while others harden when exposed to a special light.
A sealant is an effective shield that can defend your back teeth against cavities and help preserve your oral health.
Oral healthcare breakthrough
One of the greatest breakthroughs in preventive dentistry is the use of fluoride.
Almost all water naturally contains some fluoride, but not in sufficient quantity to protect teeth.
Many American cities add some fluoride to the water supply to bring it up to the levels that help prevent tooth decay.
The benefits of fluoride
Fluoride has many benefits for people of all ages. When children are young and their teeth are forming, fluoride joins with the structure of the tooth, making the enamel surface harder and more resistant to decay.
The benefits for adults are also important. Fluoride can help repair a cavity in its earliest stages before it has become visible in the mouth. Fluoride rebuilds the enamel layer of the tooth.
Fluoride treatments are sometimes prescribed to help eliminate the bacteria that causes gum disease. Fluoride treatments for older adults help to treat decay on tooth roots and to minimize root sensitivity.
For these reasons, we recommend fluoride toothpaste for all of our patients. We may also recommend additional sources of fluoride for you to use at home. Depending on your situation, these could include fluoride drops, tables, rinses, gels, or high-concentration fluoride toothpaste.
We may also apply fluoride foam, varnish, or gels in our office.
Fluoride is an important part of every prevention program. When combined with the good dental habits of brushing and flossing, fluoride can dramatically reduce cavities and keep your mouth healthy.