Although properly brushing and flossing your teeth are excellent ways to prevent cavities, it can be difficult to reach every surface and corner of your teeth, especially your teeth in the back called the molars. Your molars are rough, uneven, and contain hard-to-reach grooves and fissures that make perfect hiding spots for food particles and bacteria. Depending on the status of your oral health, our experienced and friendly dentists near you at Sunrise Dental of Auburn in Auburn, WA, may recommend the application of sealants.
Sealants are thin, plastic coatings that stick to the chewing surfaces of your molars, preventing cavities from forming and stopping tooth decay in its tracks. Sealants in Auburn, WA, are beneficial for people of all ages, especially in children who are developing their molars. The first molars appear at age 6, while the second molars appear by age 12. Sealing your child’s molars as soon as they appear can prevent cavities from the start, saving you time and money in the future.
A cavity is formed when the buildup of bacteria on your teeth and gums produces an acid that eats away your tooth’s protective enamel. A sealant provides a protective coat on your teeth, preventing food, bacteria, and acid from settling on your teeth.
Applying sealants is generally quick and pain-free. Our dentists in Auburn, WA, at Sunrise Dental of Auburn will thoroughly clean your tooth before applying an acidic gel on your teeth to form a strong bond between your tooth and the sealant. The sealant is applied onto your tooth and hardened by a blue light.
Sealants usually last for several years. Upon your regular dental appointment, your dentist will check the sealant and reapply it if necessary.
Let us help you stop those cavity-forming bacteria in their tracks and prevent them from causing further damage! For more information about sealants for you or your child, or to schedule an appointment, call Sunrise Dental of Auburn in Auburn, WA, today.