Good oral care habits and routine dental cleaning are your greatest protection against cavities. To take this protection one step further, consider dental sealants. Sealants offer extra cavity protection for your back teeth, which are used primarily for chewing and grinding food. You’re prone to cavities throughout your whole life. This makes teeth sealants for adults a worthwhile investment to protect oral health. At Bearley Dental, we offer dental sealants for our adult patients in Charlottesville and surrounding communities.
Your back teeth have built-in “grooves” that are hard to reach with your toothbrush. These grooves can easily trap food particles as you chew. When these particles mix with your saliva, it causes harmful bacteria to breed and form plaque on your back teeth. Plaque build-up is a common cause of cavities.
Sealants are protective coverings applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth to keep food, bacteria, and plaque from accumulating. Sealants come in liquid form and are applied to your teeth. When they dry, they form a protective barrier against cavities. Your Charlottesville dentist can apply sealants to your teeth after a routine cleaning. Sealants can last years with proper care, providing the cavity protection you need.
Dental sealants minimize the risk of adults getting cavities and other dental issues like oral infections and gum disease that decay can lead to. They’re a simple and affordable preventive treatment for your teeth. Sealants:
Some people were born with weak teeth that are more susceptible to decay and dental disease. Dental sealants provide weak teeth with extra protection to keep them healthy. If you’re fortunate to have healthy teeth and gums, sealants can help you keep them that way long-term.