A good oral hygiene routine, i.e., brushing twice daily, flossing, and regular dental cleanings, will help keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free. The sooner you establish good oral habits, the better, as they’ll stick with you throughout your life. If you want extra protection against cavities, above and beyond your oral care routine, consider dental sealants. Dr. Joanna Jefferson can apply sealants to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth to keep food and bacteria out to reduce your risk of cavities. At Tooth Love, we offer dental sealant treatment to children, teens, and adults in Irvine, California.
A sealant is a plastic coating that your Irvine dentist can apply to the chewing surfaces of your molars (and premolars) to protect them from cavities. These teeth contain grooved, pitted areas that can be difficult to clean by brushing alone. As a result, food particles can get stuck in the nooks and crannies of these teeth, making it easy for plaque and harmful bacteria to breed and cause cavities.
As your molars do most of your chewing, Dr. Jefferson recommends covering these teeth with sealants to keep food and bacteria from accumulating and putting you at risk of decay. Liquid sealant is “painted” onto your molars, penetrating the nooks and crannies you can’t reach. It’s then cured with white light for drying. Once dry, the sealant acts like a shield to protect your teeth from bacteria that can cause decay.
Dental sealants can be beneficial for every member of your family. Some of the main benefits of sealants are:
Your dental insurance may even cover dental sealants as they’re an effective preventative dental treatment.
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