Purpose of a Dental Sealant

dentist TulsaHave you ever wondered why the teeth at the back of your mouth are more are more susceptible to developing cavities? Molars are more likely to develop decay for a few reasons. The first reason is that these teeth are more difficult to keep clean because of their location. Molars are also susceptible to decay because of their structure. These teeth tend to have grooves and pits, a place where bacteria can collect and ultimately colonize into plaque and tartar. Fortunately, our dentist offers preventive dentistry services such as sealants to help prevent decay and improve a patient’s oral health.

Why Preventing Decay is Important

Tooth decay is a very common oral health condition. Classified as an infectious disease, tooth decay is caused by a particular strand of bacteria that is passed from person to person orally, normally in childhood from parents to infants. This bacteria is found in about 99% of the population. For these reasons, this is why it is important to take a proactive stance when it comes to your oral health. Oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing are especially important for minimizing bacterial colonization and keeping the surfaces of gums and teeth clean.

Once decay forms, it will only worsen without treatment. Teeth cannot repair themselves once diseased and injured. This is why fillings and crowns are needed to restore teeth and protect against further damage. It is important to detect cavities early on so that as much tooth structure as possible can be left intact. To detect cavities when they first form, patients should commit to regular checkups and cleanings.

How Sealants Can Help

Applying a dental sealant is a preventive service that helps protect teeth from cavity-causing bacteria and enamel erosion. A sealant is applied to the teeth in liquid form and then cured with a special light. Once the sealant has hardened, the pits and grooves of teeth are filled and teeth have an additional layer of protection on top of tooth enamel.

Ask our dentist at your next appointment whether sealants are right for you. Call our friendly team today to schedule a checkup or cleaning.