A dentist in Anchorage, Dr. Terry Preece, states that sealants can prevent most cavities from forming in the biting surfaces of your back teeth. The biting surfaces of your back teeth have many ridges and grooves which help to grind and chew your food before it is swallowed. This anatomy however makes the teeth vulnerable to packing food which is difficult to remove with a toothbrush. Sometimes the bristles of the toothbrush are larger than the tiny grooves. This results in food and bacteria being trapped in these grooves which can lead to cavities. Once cavities have started, they must be treated by placing dental restorations
Sealants can be placed in these deep grooves in your back teeth by your Anchorage dentist at Healthy Smiles Dental. A sealant is a tooth-colored or clear dental resin which is bonded into these deep grooves, filling them in so that the biting surface is smooth and resists food impaction. These surfaces are then easier to clean with your toothbrush.
How long Do Sealants Last?
Dr. Terry Preece, an Anchorage dentist, explains that sealants can last many years if applied properly. Application is a safe, effective, and economical way to maintain oral health long-term. However, it may be necessary to have them renewed in time if they chip or wear off. This service by your dentist in Anchorage is quick, easy, and comfortable.
Daily Oral Care with Sealants
Although some people may feel that having sealants means that they do not have to brush or floss any longer, this is not the case. The application of sealants is a preventative measure. Continuing an excellent oral care routine is still very important for the prevention of cavities.
At Healthy Smiles Dental, we strive to keep your mouth as healthy as possible. When you need an experienced Anchorage dentist, call our office for an appointment. For more information about sealants or any other oral health questions please call 907-341-3139.