When it comes to your oral health, we want to do everything we can to protect your teeth. One of the strategies that we frequently recommend at our office to help you keep your smile for a lifetime is sealants. If you’ve never heard of sealants, or are wondering why you need them, here’s everything you need to know:
What are sealants?
Sealants are a thin plastic material that covers the biting surface of the tooth - or the “occlusal surface” as we call it in the dental field. They’re like clear fillings that sit on top of your teeth. Because the material is so thin, you won’t even notice the sealant is there.
And don’t worry - the plastic is BPA-free and completely safe!
Why would I need a sealant?
Have you ever noticed the deep grooves that are in your back teeth? Even with regular brushing, sometimes those cracks can be hard to clean out. This is because in many people these grooves are either too deep or too narrow for the bristles on the toothbrush to clean them. Over time, the grooves can collect bacteria and form cavities.
To help avoid this, sealants can be placed on the surface of the tooth to - you guessed it - seal those cracks. This makes the grooves shallower, allowing your brush to effectively remove all the bacteria from your teeth.