When we eat foods that are starchy or sugary, our oral bacteria convert the sugars into acid. This acid then can attack the enamel of the teeth making them weaker and more prone to decay. One of the most common spots for decay is the chewing surface of the back teeth. These surfaces have grooves and depressions on them. These indentations capture food particles and bacteria and are a breeding ground for decay to grow. The indentations are particularly difficult to clean with regular brushing. At the office of Smile Matters Inc., we provide a treatment that can help to prevent this problem in the form of dental sealants for children and adults.
A dental sealant is a thin coating of plastic material painted on the grooves and fissures in the back teeth in order to smooth out the surface and prevent any food or bacteria from sticking there. The application of sealants is fast and painless and can be completed at the same time as a regular checkup. The sealant is painted on the tooth’s surface after roughening it with an etching solution. A special dental curing light may be used to help to dry the sealant. Once we’ve confirmed that your bite is normal, and all the indentations on your tooth have been sealed, the process is complete.