Dental sealants are a treatment that is applied to the chewing surfaces of your molars. They are designed to protect these areas from the formation of cavities. Made up of plastic and other materials, sealants are used to cover the deep crevices on the chewing surfaces of your molars, preventing bacteria and other debris from building up inside.
Oral hygiene starts at home. The ADA recommends that you brush at least twice a day. Every time you brush, you should do so for two full minutes. Use a soft bristled brush and gentle, circular motions. Brush all surfaces of your teeth, including fronts, backs, and chewing surfaces.
Professional cleanings are essential for many reasons. During your cleanings, we are able to access all of the areas of your teeth, including the ones that you might have a more difficult time cleaning at home. We are also equipped with the tools to eliminate even the most stubborn tartar, or calcified plaque that cannot be brushed away. This helps to prevent the development of tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
During your dental exam, we inspect the structures inside of your mouth. We look over your teeth, checking for signs of decay, cavities, and damage such as chips and cracks. We look over your gums, checking for redness, swelling, gum recession, and other signs of gum disease. We look over the other oral tissues in your mouth, looking for unusual growths, changes in your tissues, and other abnormalities.
Children, just like adults, should have their teeth professionally cleaned and examined at least twice a year. During their cleanings, we remove all buildup from the surfaces of their teeth, including tartar. Cleanings are designed to help prevent cavities and other oral health issues from occurring. During their exams, we can check their teeth and gums for signs of issues and provide treatment if we do find anything.