Protecting your teeth against damage and decay is essential to achieving a healthy smile. But even with the best brushing and flossing habits, there is still a risk of dental decay. At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we offer preventive measures that can help protect your teeth, including dental sealants.
Dental sealants are made from a non-toxic plastic material that is applied like paint to certain parts of your teeth after they have been cleaned, polished, and dried. The sealant fills in the deep cracks and crevices that are a natural part of your molars. After the sealant is applied to your teeth, a special light is used to harden the sealant and bond it to your enamel. It dries white, so you won’t be able to see it, and the resin also has a completely natural feel for the greatest comfort.
Dental sealants are so effective that the American Dental Association Council on Dental Therapeutics considers them to be an essential aspect of preventive care. Sealants work so well because they create an actual barrier between your molar surfaces and other contaminants; they literally seal out problem materials. Food, bacteria, and acid will not be able to simply sit on your enamel and wear it down. Because the sealant material is able to fill small cracks, pits, and fissures, your teeth’s most vulnerable areas are strengthened against cavities. Brushing and flossing usually can’t clean these hard to reach places, but the sealant means that your teeth will stay protected.
Most people think of young teens when they think of dental sealants, as adolescents often get the treatment when their adult teeth first come in. But this option is great for patients of all ages with vulnerable molars. If you are looking for a way to prevent decay, come in and talk to us about dental sealants.
Once tooth decay strikes, it is impossible to reverse. That's why preventive care is essential to a strong, healthy mouth. Our diverse staff of Westchester dentists wants to give you the best possible dental care. Contact us now for an appointment!