Does food seem to get stuck in your back molars? Do you have a hard time getting those teeth clean? To help us chew our food, our teeth naturally have pits and ridges. Yet if the pits or grooves are deep, bacteria and food can accumulate in them and begin to cause problems. To help prevent this, we can offer dental sealants to our patients of all ages.
As a thin protective layer of plastic, dental sealants can be applied to the chewing surfaces of your molars or premolars as soon as they have erupted fully from the gumline. The sealants can be clear or white to help them blend in with your tooth. The grooves can be covered by the sealants to give the tooth a smooth surface, which might make it harder for tooth decay to take hold.
Although dental sealants may be most commonly placed on children between the ages of 6 and 12, they can also be recommended for adults who might be prone to tooth decay. They can be applied in one visit but can protect this portion of your smile for many years. However, you should remember that the rest of your tooth and smile may still be vulnerable to decay, and should still maintain your daily hygiene routine.
If you would like more information about dental sealants in Newbury Park, California, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Glen Fung, please call us at 805-499-0471 today. At Newbury Oaks Dental, we want to help protect your smile.