Tooth decay can occur in a variety of ways. However, outside of oral accidents or injuries, tooth decay and cavities typically arise due to the harmful acids chewing through your tooth enamel. This is known as dental erosion, and can easily lead to cavities. In order to protect your tooth enamel, tooth restoration treatments such as dental sealants can be placed on the chewing surfaces of teeth.
If you wish to keep your teeth safe, it is important to not only eat a healthy diet but also continue to clean your teeth and protect your tooth enamel whenever possible. Plaque and bacteria in your mouth can convert sugars into harmful acids which can chew through your tooth enamel. However, if you’re looking for a tooth restoration to help provide your teeth with an additional layer of protection, dental sealants can be used.
Dental sealants are applied across the chewing surfaces of teeth to protect your teeth from the risks of tooth decay. Typically, dental sealants are placed atop your back teeth, with your premolars and molars. They go on clear, so they allow the natural glow of your teeth to shine through. This can be especially helpful to a dentist to determine if any damage is occurring underneath.
Children are often at an extreme risk for tooth decay. This is because numerous snacks and meals that children decide to gobble down on are heavily laden with sugars. Plaque and bacteria in your mouth can convert the sugars into harmful acids which will eat through your tooth enamel. Thus, an additional layer provided by dental sealants can help protect your teeth. According to the CDC, children with dental sealants in place are three times less likely to develop cavities on protected teeth.
Skyrocket to the top of the oral health care ladder with dental sealants. Make sure to take diligent care of your dental sealants, so that your smile can last for ages. For more information about dental sealants, or to schedule a comprehensive oral examination with Dr. Roger Anderson and our team at Roger Anderson DDS, give us a call at 303-232-6205. Our dentist office is located in Lakewood, Colorado.