The best thing you can do to prevent cavities is brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. Some people may not clean their back teeth as well as they should, and those teeth can also trap more food particles and harbor more plaque than other teeth. This is because there are small ridges on the chewing surfaces on your molars and premolars called cusps. These cusps help to your teeth chew your food, but they also create grooves that can give plaque, bacteria and food debris a home, which can contribute to cavities.
To combat this, your dentist may place dental sealants on your back teeth. It is a simple process. Your dentist will wash and dry your teeth and then treat them with a very mild acidic solution to create a place for the sealants to hold. When that process is done, the dentist will apply the sealant to your tooth, and either cure it with a special light or allow it to cure on its own. When the sealant has cured, it will form a protective barrier between your tooth enamel and harmful substances. They should last about ten years. You need to remember that you still need to brush and floss, since the sealants only protect the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
Usually, sealants are given to children and teenagers, however, adults who are prone to cavities may benefit from them as well. If you or your child could benefit from dental sealants, or if it is just time for a cleaning and exam, our dentist, Dr. Narinder Mahal would love to meet you! If you live in the Citrus Heights, California, area and would like to learn more about dental sealants, you can call Auburn Oaks Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment.