Protect your teeth with dental sealants
Even with a diligent oral hygiene routine, it can still be difficult to thoroughly remove tooth debris and bacteria accumulation from all surfaces of the teeth. That’s where dental sealants come in. Dental sealants are a protective defense against tooth decay that can benefit both children and adults. When applied to the molars in the back of the mouth, dental sealants can prevent up to 80% of cavities. At Dr. Bostani’s Advanced Dental in Burbank, California, we recommend sealants as part of our preventative dentistry services.
How dental sealants work
Cavities form when there is a build-up of plaque on the teeth. One of the best ways to prevent them is proper brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings. Unfortunately, the molars in the back of the mouth can be challenging to reach and clean adequately, which leads to an increased risk of decay. The deep pits and grooves become havens for trapped bacteria, leading to cavities.
Dental sealants are fast and easy to apply during a routine dental exam at our office—the chewing surfaces of the teeth are cleaned and dried to allow the sealant to adhere properly. The liquid resin is then brushed onto the teeth and flows into the pits and grooves of the molar to create a smoother surface. Sealants are not visible when talking and smiling and can last for years before they need to be reapplied.
Who can benefit from sealants?
While sealants are often associated with children and teens, they can also benefit adults. Adults who have molars with deep grooves that are difficult to keep clean are great candidates for sealants. Furthermore, any adult interested in an additional layer of protection from cavities can benefit from sealants.
Preventative dentistry is the key to oral health
With proper oral care at home, regular professional cleanings, and preventative treatments such as dental sealants, patients can set themselves up for optimal health. If you are in the Burbank, CA area and would like more information on dental sealants or to schedule an exam and cleaning, please call us at (818) 918-5533 today.