At Dental Care Today in Fishers, we are devoted to the dental health of each of our patients. To that end we remind everyone to brush and floss twice a day. There are some places, however, where enamel damage can occur even with dedicated oral hygiene.
The very back of the mouth, where the premolars and molars are, is the most challenging area to brush and floss. Deep pits in molars and spaces between teeth are the perfect environment for tooth decay to flourish. Food and bacteria that is lodged in pits of molars and spaces between teeth create acid that has direct contact with tooth enamel and immediately goes to work.
While brushing frequently is vital, an additional safeguard against cavities is the application of dental sealants. Dental sealants are a plastic barrier that we can apply. The sealants are placed over the top of each tooth, to prohibit bacteria and plaque having direct contact with the tooth.
Many parents obtain sealants for their children and teens, and many adults are having them applied, too. You’ll still need to brush and floss, but they are an excellent barrier for your teeth.