Sealants are generally used to help prevent tooth decay on the biting surfaces of back teeth (molars). The natural grooves of these teeth can trap food that can resist casual brushing and rinsing. If left in place, the trapped food allows bacteria to multiply, eventually causing tooth decay and requiring costly attention.
Sealants are painted directly onto the tooth where they seal the natural grooves to help prevent tooth decay. While sealants are durable, they are not permanent. They can last up to ten years of normal wear before needing replacement. Dr. Nielsen will be sure to check the wear and tear of sealants at every regular checkup.
Sealants offer a cost-effective, preventive step to reduce the chances of tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of molars; however, they do not replace the need for regular brushing and flossing.
If you would like more information about sealants and other preventive measures to protect the health of your family’s teeth, schedule an appointment TruDental Spokane. Call us today at (509) 593-3033.