Dental sealants are plastic coatings typically placed over the chewing surfaces of a patient’s molars and premolars to help protect them from the effects of decay.
The chewing surfaces of molar and premolar teeth have hard-to-clean grooves and crevices that are vulnerable to decay. These hard-to-reach areas can be deep and are difficult to clean properly with a toothbrush. Plaque accumulates in these areas, and the acid from bacteria in the plaque attacks slowly erodes away tooth enamel, allowing cavities to develop. While brushing and flossing daily helps prevent the development of decay, dental sealants provide additional protection for the vulnerable areas by providing a smooth surface that act as a barricade to harmful oral bacteria.
While dental sealants are ideal for adolescents and teens, our dental hygienists can apply sealants to adult teeth as well.
Dentists have used in-office fluoride treatments for decades to help protect the oral health of children and adults, especially in the cases of patients viewed as being at risk of developing tooth decay. Fluoride helps to protect teeth against the effects of decay by acting as a remineralizing agent. While acids from plaque strip tooth enamel of the vital minerals that provide strength and structure, fluoride replaces what harmful bacteria removes from enamel, helping to strengthen your teeth and make them more resilient to decay in the future.
Teeth whitening has quickly become the most commonly performed cosmetic dental procedure in the U.S. For a lot of people, the color of their smile greatly impacts their self-confidence. Our dental hygienists can significantly improve the complexion of your smile in as little as one visit. Only patients currently in good oral health should try teeth whitening. Talk with our dental hygienist to determine if teeth whitening is right for you.