The grooves that exist throughout your back teeth are often extremely challenging, bordering on impossible, to clean of bacteria and food. The bristles on a toothbrush cannot always reach all the way into these dark, moist little crevices. As the bacteria and food react, acids are formed. These acids break down the tooth enamel, resulting in a cavity. Recent studies indicate that 88 percent of total cavities in American children are formed in this way, in these areas. The hard enamel coating that protects the teeth becomes stronger as it ages, explaining why this is especially common among children.
At Auslander Dental, we aim to prevent bacteria and food particles from residing in molar indentations. Fluoride, which is found in toothpaste and some drinking water, can strengthen enamel, but it is hard to get fluoride into pits and fissures on a regular basis. Tooth sealants are an alternative method of protecting these susceptible areas, by literally sealing the irregularities in molars. This coating resists decay. Sealant treatment can be completed in one, simple office visit. After intense tooth cleaning and drying, we will apply sealant directly to problem areas in a liquid plastic form. At that point, the sealant will be exposed to blue spectrum natural light for a few seconds. This causes the plastic to harden. Tooth enamel does not contain any nerves, meaning sealant installation is painless and does not require numbing shots. With steadfast at-home cleaning routines, sealants will last up to ten years. We will be sure to check for any wear and tear during regular appointments at our Gambrills office.