Beautiful smiles begin with healthy teeth and gums. Preventative care is the best way to keep them looking and feeling their best. Dental sealants are one way dentists in Mesa AZ can help patients prevent cavities. They can stop decay before it happens.
The teeth in the back of the mouth are called molars. Their large flat surface areas make them the perfect target for cavities. Many of the molars have grooves and pits where plaque can accumulate. Brushing alone is often not enough to prevent cavities from forming. Molars are where much of the work of chewing is done.
Tooth decay is caused from plaque. It is a sticky bacteria based film that builds up over time on the surface of the teeth. Brushing is the first line of defense against plaque, but keeping it off the surface of the teeth is the optimal solution. Plaque is what eats away tooth enamel causing cavities.
Plaque starts out as a soft substance that can often be cleaned by brushing. The problem is that when plaque hardens it turns into tarter that is difficult to remove. It only takes about forty eight hours for this to happen. A visit to the dentist is required for removal. They have to scrape the surface of the teeth to get the tartar off.
Dental sealants are used on both children and adults to protect their teeth from decay. Sealants are a plastic type coating that is painted onto the surface of the molars. They provide a barrier that keeps plaque and tarter from coming into contact with the enamel. The sealant bonds to the tooth without disturbing the natural contour of the tooth. Most people cannot even feel them and they are practically invisible.
Sealants have been used on school aged children for many years. Studies show that children with sealants have significantly fewer cavities. The great thing about sealants is that they stop cavities from happening. Once a cavity has occurred, more aggressive treatments are required.
Mesa Dental serves the Mesa, Arizona area with family and cosmetic dentistry. We are dedicated to helping their patients get the best care possible. Now is the time to call for a free consultation. Our team of professionals can explain how important sealants are and how they can dramatically reduce cavities. This simple procedure can make all the difference in preventing tooth decay in adults and children.