Daily brushing and flossing are essential for preventing tooth decay, but patients should also get regular check-ups and preventive care from our dentist for the greatest protection against cavities. Today, many patients are also choosing dental sealants as a preventive measure against future decay. Here is more information from our expert in dental sealants in El Monte about dental sealants and their advantages.
Our El Monte dental sealants expert says that sealants are especially beneficial for children. By painting very thin layers of a transparent sealant over the molars, our dentist prevents bacteria from attacking the pits and crevices that naturally line the teeth. For the greatest benefit, children should receive this treatment between the ages of six and 12. Because only one appointment is necessary for application of dental sealant, children can easily tolerate the procedure.
Dental Sealants El Monte
Dental sealants are applied quickly in a few simple steps. First, our dentist cleans and prepares the teeth before placing an etching liquid on the areas that will receive sealant. Finally, our dentist in El Monte applies the sealant and cures it with a light designed for this purpose.
Patients who receive dental sealant are less likely to suffer cavities in the future. The initial stages of decay are the most damaging to teeth, and the decay cannot begin when sealant is present to block erosion by oral bacteria and the acids they produce. Our El Monte dental sealants expert says that this protection is most valuable on the molars, which are more likely to harbor bacteria and plaque and more difficult to clean. Preventive care such as dental sealants is preferable to repair procedures, which can stop the progression of decay but cannot fully restore strength to damaged teeth.
With daily brushing and flossing, dental sealants can last up to ten years. Patients can further boost their protection from tooth decay by using fluoridated water and visiting our expert in dental sealants in El Monte at least once every six months. At appointments following placement of dental sealant, our dentist will inspect the sites of application to confirm that they are still protecting against cavities.