Sealants are an inexpensive way to protect the occlusal or biting surfaces of your molars and premolars. The plastic resin material is painted onto the biting surface of these teeth to create a thin layer that stops food particles and bacteria from causing tooth decay. Once they are cured onto the teeth, the sealants are durable and can last for several years.
At the same time, you also need to remember that the sealants only protect the biting surfaces of your teeth. The sides and spaces between teeth are still vulnerable to bacterial buildup, plaque and tooth decay. You will still need to brush the teeth on all exposed surfaces with a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild, abrasive toothpaste with added fluoride.
Plaque and tartar buildup near the gum line can also cause periodontal disease, so regular flossing is also very important. Antiseptic mouthwash also helps wash away food particles and kill bacteria. Just keep in mind that it can never replace the effectiveness of floss for removing food particles near the gum line.
Even though sealants are an effective tool for keeping bacteria off the biting surface, they are only one small part of an effective oral hygiene regimen.
If you have any questions about dental sealants, please call us at 802-879-7811 to schedule an appointment.