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What Are Pit And Fissure Sealants?

Posted on 6/5/2023 by Team at Frank Dunlap
What Are Pit And Fissure Sealants?Pit and fissure sealants are white plastic coatings applied onto the grooves of the back teeth. This solution forms a hard shield that prevents food debris and bacteria from accumulating in the small hollows and grooves of the chewing surfaces. The main purpose of these sealing materials is to prevent cavities and improve overall health. Learn why you should consider pit and fissure sealants.

Protective Shield against Bacteria and Food Build-Up

The pits and fissures of the back teeth are hard to clean. Hence, food particles and plaque can easily accumulate, causing cavities. In addition, plaque can produce acids, which can destroy the enamel. At this stage, you may need extensive dental procedures such as root canal or tooth extraction. Luckily, pit and fissure sealants work around the clock to protect your teeth against cavities.

Offers Additional Support for Oral Care Routine

Dental sealants are a good way to improve your oral hygiene. Even with the best toothbrush, you may not reach all the crevices of the back teeth. While nothing can replace brushing and flossing, dental sealants make teeth cleaning easier, hence, preventing build-ups.

Dental Sealants Are Long-Lasting

Pit and fissure sealants are a non-invasive treatment that benefits both children and adults. While this procedure is quick and painless, it offers long-lasting services. With good care, it can last up to 10 years. You will only need to follow your daily oral care routine. This may involve brushing, flossing, and regular semi-annual dental checkups. During dental appointments, the dentist will examine the sealants and may add more sealing materials if necessary.

A preventative dental strategy can improve your oral health. If you want to avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral issues, dental sealants are a good idea. Contact us for an effective preventative treatment option for your back teeth.
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