Children and adults alike are at risk of cavities. While brushing, flossing, and limiting the intake of sugary foods prevent cavities, sometimes cavities have a way of sneaking into your teeth to cause havoc. At Greg Campbell, DDS, we offer dental sealants to prevent cavities from recurring or happening in the first place.
A dental sealant is a BPA-free, plastic coating applied to your molars and premolars to prevent tooth decay. A dental sealant creates a barrier between your teeth and bacteria to avoid erosion (acidic attacks) that leads to decay.
While all your teeth are at risk of cavities, the back teeth are more vulnerable. Why? If you run your tongue on your posterior teeth, you will notice they have rough chewing surfaces, referred to as “pits and fissures.” Since these grooves are hard to clean, they offer a perfect hiding spot for harmful bacteria. Once Dr. Greg Campbell applies a dental sealant to the occlusal surface, bacteria can’t penetrate the barrier to cause tooth decay.
Typically, dental sealant is a one-visit treatment. Your dentist cleans and dries the decay-prone teeth and applies an acidic gel to roughen the chewing surface. Next, we apply a dental sealant and harden it in place with a curing light.
That’s it! Your teeth are now safe from cavities. However, this doesn’t mean you let your guard down regarding your oral hygiene. Brush twice a day, floss daily, and see a dentist every six months to keep your smile cavity-free.
Dental sealants are a safe and effective treatment to prevent dental cavities. They offer numerous benefits, including:
Want to seal your teeth from bacterial attack? If you are in Long Beach, California, or its environs, please dial (562) 287-5175 to book an appointment with Greg Campbell, DDS, for affordable dental sealants.