Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day and flossing once a day make up the backbone of good dental hygiene. However, even the best brushers and flossers may not be able to remove all of the plaque, tartar and food debris that can build up on the chewing surfaces of your molars and premolars. To protect those teeth, call Kathy Cosmetic Dentistry at 818-347-1550 to make an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Kathy Daroee, for dental sealants in Woodland Hills, California.
The ridges and grooves on your back teeth are also known as cusps and they play a very important role in helping you chew your food to make it easier to swallow and digest. However, those cusps can trap material that contributes to tooth decay and is not easily removed.
When you visit our office for dental sealants, Dr. Daroee will carefully clean and dry your back teeth. Then she will apply a very mild solution designed to create small abrasions on your tooth which will help the sealant adhere to the enamel. The sealant is plastic and applied directly to the surface of the tooth. When it has cured, it can protect your tooth for up to ten years. Please remember that the sealants only protect the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, and you will need to continue brush and floss them.
Sealants work best the earlier they are applied and are often used for children after their teeth erupt, but adults who struggle with tooth decay may also benefit from them.