The Molar Dilemma
Molars contain more grooves and depressions than the rest of our teeth
Our back teeth or molars endure a lot of wear and tear each and everyday. Unlike the rest of our teeth, molars contain more grooves and depressions that are great for collecting food particles. Try as we might, it is nearly impossible to remove these particles merely by brushing or flossing. That is what makes sealants a smart investment for those wanting to protect their back teeth from cavities and potential tooth decay.
More Than Plastic | Sealants Act as Barriers Against Plaque
Sealants are easy to apply
According to the article, “Sealants” by the American Dental Association or ADA, sealants are a plastic material that act as a cavity preventative. Usually applied to the surfaces of back teeth, sealants seal out plaque and food that would normally get stuck in the crevices of molars.
Because they are plastic, sealants are easily applied in liquid form by painting directly onto tooth enamel. The ADA says the plastic then bonds to tooth–filling depressions, grooves, pits and fissures. When the plastic hardens, it begins blocking plaque and acid which is responsible for the break down of tooth enamel and decay.
More Than Plastic | Sealants Are Made to Last
Sealants can often last years
The ADA attributes the dental plastic to holding well under the stresses and pressures of normal chewing. Because of this, sealants are often known to last several years before requiring reapplication.
Dentists are able to easily check the condition of sealants and reapply them when necessary, which makes getting them a smart choice with low impact.
If you have questions about how sealants can help you achieve a healthier smile or would like to know more about your oral health, make an appointment with Dr. Moore today! Also, check out previous post about sealants,“The Story Behind Sealants”.