Dental Sealants a powerful tool to preserve your healthy smile
Asuncion Dental Group is proud to be an encompassing practice, in that we can offer everything that your smile requires to look, feel, and “be” its healthy best – all under our roof in Frederick, Maryland. There is no necessity to go to a costly dental specialist who doesn’t know your oral health and medical history and simply doesn’t know you.
Our services include, and are built on, a foundation of preventive dentistry. One of the most potent preventative options that we offer are dental sealants. These protective coatings for your teeth are also quick to apply, non-invasive, easy to care for and work like a charm.
What dental sealants can do for you
Dental sealants are made from safe plastic. They are applied to decay-prone back teeth. These back teeth, or molars, are more vulnerable to decay due to their grooves and pits. These grooved surfaces tend to collect and trap bacteria and food debris. The sealant material itself is applied to “prepared” (clean and dry back teeth) as a liquid. Using a specialized gel to better “bond” or adhere the sealant to the natural tooth, you can expect the material to hold up well. In turn, sealants represent a hassle-free, painless, cost-effective, and fast way to “seal out” the substances that cause decay. Tooth decay is the principal cause of tooth loss. Tooth replacement is costly, and losing a tooth can be pretty traumatic. Its effects are wide-ranging, altering everything from how well you can grind down food to how you feel about yourself when you look in the mirror. In summary, dental sealants are an exceptional proactive measure to maintain a healthy and attractive smile.
Sealants: Not just for children!
Generally, as a proactive treatment, we may recommend dental sealants be applied as soon as the first permanent molars emerge or erupt through the gums. That way, there is no opportunity whatsoever for these teeth to trap decay-causing pathogens and food. These molars generally surface between the ages of 11 to 14. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that school-aged children who didn’t have sealants had almost three times more cavities than children who underwent the procedure. Also, sealants can be just as effective for adults as they are for children. Patients who have had excellent oral health their whole lives may encounter new medical challenges that pose threats to their teeth and gums. Any way that we can continue to maintain their health and well-being is welcome, and one way we can do that is with dental sealants.
To find out more about this procedure, schedule a visit to our office in Frederick call (301) 690-8482.