Sealants are an inexpensive way to protect the biting surface of your molars and premolars. The plastic-resin material painted onto the teeth by your dentist creates a thin layer that protects the pits and contours of the teeth from food particles and bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Once the sealant resin hardens it will be durable and has the potential to last for years to come.
It’s important to keep in mind that the sealant resin only protects the biting surfaces of your teeth. The sides and gaps between teeth are still vulnerable to bacterial buildup from plaque and tartar. This means you will still need to brush the teeth on all exposed surfaces with a soft bristled toothbrush and mild abrasive toothpaste. Be sure to brush the biting surfaces as well. Don’t worry about wearing down the sealants. They are designed to be durable.
Gum disease from tartar buildup near the gum line can still affect teeth with sealants so regular flossing is also very important. Antiseptic mouthwash also helps wash away food particles and kill bacteria. Just keep in mind that it can never replace the effectiveness of flossing for removing food particles near the gum line.
If you have any questions about dental sealants or your oral health, please reach out to us at 225-753-5885. We are happy to help you with all your dental needs!