Dental sealants in Worcester can help you avoid tooth decay.
Your teeth are under attack every single day. True, the enemy is microscopic, but this adversary can still inflict quite a bit of damage. We’re talking about the bacteria in your mouth that produce acids and other toxins that can begin to erode tooth enamel and sometimes lead to a cavity. But what if there was a way to block this army of bacteria? That’s exactly what dental sealants do. Dental sealants form a solid barrier between your teeth—usually molars—and bacteria. Today, sealants are virtually routine for children whose deeply pitted and grooved molars are particularly prone to cavities. Nevertheless, dental sealants can also be quite helpful for adults who frequently deal with tooth decay or have severe tooth sensitivity.
Oral Hygiene and Dental Sealants
So you may wonder why you need dental sealants if you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste that strengthens enamel and you floss, as well. Your stringent at-home oral hygiene routine does a lot to remove food particles, bacteria and plaque from the biting surfaces of your teeth. However, those pits and grooves in your molars are hard to clean no matter what kind of toothbrush you use. Thus, bacteria can feed on left behind particles of food and excrete the acids that cause cavities. So while your fluoride toothpaste and fluoride treatments at Common Park Dental can strengthen enamel and even help remineralize teeth, dental sealants are just an added layer of protection.
Receiving Your Dental Sealants
Whether we are placing dental sealants on your teeth or your child’s, the first step is a thorough cleaning by one of our dental hygienists. Then, your teeth are rinsed with water and dried.
Once dry, the dentist in Worcester applies a mild acid to the biting surface of your molars. The acidity of this solution makes the surface slightly rough, a bit like sandpaper on wood. This makes your teeth more receptive to the adhesive and dental sealant. The acid is rinsed away and your teeth are dried again.
Finally, the clear adhesive and liquid dental sealants are painted on to your teeth and dried with a curing light. Once hardened, you’ll be able to chew as usual on your new dental sealants.
In addition, dental sealants can be used on extremely sensitive teeth. Just as they are barriers against bacteria, they similarly block pain triggers such as hot or cold temperatures and foods and beverages that are sweet or highly acidic.
Call us today if you’re ready to schedule an appointment. Common Park Dental is located in Worcester, Massachusetts and offers modern care in the fields of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry.