A proper brushing technique using a brush with the correct hardness of bristles can be one of the best ways to prevent cavities and keep a healthy smile and teeth. However, some areas of the mouth can be difficult to reach with either a standard manual brush or even the smaller head of an electric toothbrush.
In some people, the structure and steep ridges on their molars can create small areas that even the best brushes and techniques cannot reach. In children, brushing alone might not be enough to clear any bacteria or acid from foods.
Dental sealants are a great option to help protect the most hard-to-reach teeth in your mouth or children still developing proper brushing techniques and routines.
Dental sealants can be applied as part of a regular check-up and, along with being nearly painless, do not require any recovery afterward. After thoroughly cleaning the teeth, Dr. Evola applies a gentle etching solution that gives the sealant a good surface to grip.
The dental sealant is then brushed on the teeth to be treated and hardened using a special light. Dr. Evola will then ask you to bite down to ensure there is no discomfort or uneven touching of the sealant. Although they occasionally can be felt when you bite down, Dr. Evola will gently sand and shape them to become nearly unnoticeable.
This provides additional protection from cavities when brushing alone may not be adequate. Generally, dental sealants last between 3 and 5 years, although this can vary between people. For children, this can be enough time to help them build a proper brushing and dental routine. It can also greatly help adults by helping protect hard-to-reach areas.
Since dental sealants can be added to a regular dental exam, contact Dr. Evola at Forestream Dental in Depew, NY, to see if dental sealants are right for you. Call the office at 716-656-8686 or visit www.forestreamdental.com to schedule an appointment.