Preventing Decay

Did you know you can protect the chewing surface of your tooth with sealants?  The chewing surface of your tooth has indentations called pits and fissure.  These pits and fissure collect food and bacteria making them more prone to tooth decay.  Your toothbrush bristles can’t reach into the grooves eventually this results in tooth decay.  The good news is that sealants can be applied to protect these grooves.   Sealants are easy to apply and it takes only a few minutes.  First, the teeth are cleaned and prepared to accept the sealant.  The flow able material called sealant is painted on the tooth.  Then a special curing light is used to harden the sealant.  Sealants are generally clear or white. You can’t see them when you smile but they are there protecting the chewing surface of your tooth.  It is important to avoid chewing ice or hard candy because it can chip the sealants off.  As long as the sealant is remains intact the surface will be protected from food and plaque.  Sealants will last a few years before they have to be done again.  Lastly, it is important to see a dentist regularly so he or she can check the sealants remains intact.

Janine Park