Your teeth serve many purposes. You use them to eat, speak clearly, and smile attractively. They help take care of you, and in return you need to take care of them. But even with diligent oral care, you can still experience cavities. After all, your mouth is full of bacteria that can attack your teeth and cause decay. That’s why, at MayFair Dental Associates, we offer dental sealants. They add another layer of protection between your teeth and harmful, cavity-causing bacteria.
Dental sealants consist of a clear plastic material that is coated onto the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, where many cavities occur. Although dental sealants can be used for anyone who has their premolars or molars, including adults, they are particularly helpful for children who are still learning how to take care of their teeth. Dental sealants can provide extra reinforcement for teeth for up to ten years.
Essentially, dental sealants provide a shield or barrier between your tooth enamel and bacteria. The premolars and molars have rough surfaces, which help in grinding up food but can also easily collect plaque and bacteria, making them vulnerable to cavities. Dental sealants don’t allow the bacteria to settle and wreak havoc on these important areas of your smile. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that dental sealants can prevent up to 80 percent of cavities!
Applying dental sealants entails a fast, painless procedure. Once you and one of our experienced dentists have decided on dental sealants, it goes as follows:
It’s that simple.
At MayFair Dental Associates, we believe in the importance of prevention, and dental sealants can help you keep your teeth healthy and cavity free for many years to come. Whether for yourself or your child, ask us about dental sealants for more protection against bacteria. Contact our Farmington Hills office for an appointment today!