When brushing and flossing our teeth, we sometimes may find ourselves in more of a routine mode and become bored while we should be paying attention to the cleanliness of our mouth. Because of this, we may end up missing areas, grazing over grooves, and skipping over those back molars. Making sure we reach every surface, it is important to keep all areas of our teeth clean. However, even when we are paying the utmost attention while brushing, there are pits and fissures that can be missed and lead to build-up and tooth decay.

Since the early 1900’s the idea to help these problem areas was introduced. This concept would form what we know today as dental sealants. The technology and innovation for dental care has really come a long way since even the past 10 years, and sealants have also gained benefits, plus the materials and application have also come a long way. So what exactly is a dental sealant? They are a thin coating of plastic that is applied to your back molars along the chewing surface. This helps to prevent acidic build-up or any bacteria that can get caught in those grooves and pits, which can lead to tooth decay. While today most dental sealants are applied to younger mouths, young adults and adults who are a high risk for tooth decay may also find benefits to dental sealants.

A sealants main function is to prevent cavities in the tooth. By adding this layer of protection, it creates a smooth surface along those ridges and grooves, which helps to keep food out. Having dental sealants is another added protection for your enamel that is working day and night, because even the most scrupulous of brushers can miss spots. Without sealants, trying to clean out those areas with simple flossing and brushing may prove to be a challenge.

While there are many who are uncomfortable in a dentist’s chair, the procedure and application for dental sealants is essentially painless. They are applied by having the dentists brush a liquid resin onto the chewing surface of predetermined tooth/teeth. This only take a moment or two for the plastic resin to dry, which then the teeth will be rinsed. What’s even better is that sealants are long lasting! They can help you fight against cavities for up to 10 years. During your check-ups, your dentist will check the condition of your sealants, as over time they can become worn down or even chipped. If this does happen your dentist can easily add more sealant to help ensure protection.

One thing is for sure, dental sealants are excellent for cavity and tooth decay protection and because of this fact, many insurance companies provide coverage for dental sealants. Be sure to check with your provider or call and talk with one of our staff members, before having sealants applied. If you or a family member is thinking of dental sealants, call or schedule a consultation with Impeccable Smiles, your dentist in Lutz FL today!