Some dentists focus on correcting problems after they occur. While restoration is an important aspect of any family practice, the team at University Dental concentrates on helping patients avoid the discomfort, inconvenience, and expense of oral health issues. Our dentists in Middletown suggest adding sealants to your preventive dentistry care to dramatically reduce risk of cavities.
The role of dental sealants
Molars are the large teeth at the back of the jaw that grind food into digestible bits. Chewing surfaces of molars have irregular ridges that help to tear food. Molars also have microscopic pits and crevices. Food becomes trapped there, providing a treat for oral bacteria. Fermenting food debris and excretions from bacteria create acids that disrupt the mineral balance of enamel, leading to tooth decay.
Dental sealant is a clear liquid plastic. It flows into fissures, sealing food particles and bacteria out. Treatment is fast and painless. The light-cured technique used at University Dental provides years of protection.
Not just for kids
Our dentists recommend that children get sealant as soon as permanent molars come in, to provide protection during cavity-prone ages of 6 to 14. However, adults can also benefit from sealant, especially in these cases:
- Those who smoke or use smokeless tobacco.
- Patients with a history of tooth decay (existing cavities must be repaired prior to treatment with sealant).
- Patients who have molars with deep pits and fissures.
- Individuals who do not practice adequate home oral hygiene.
- Anyone with natural enamel defects.
- Patients who are having orthodontic treatment.
In 2016, Journal of the American Dental Association reported that sealant on permanent molars reduces risk of cavities by 80 percent! Many insurance plans cover the cost of dental sealant. Add it to your program of preventive dentistry with a call to University Dental in Middletown at (855) 908 3676.