Optimum oral health often consists of being aware of any vulnerabilities and susceptibilities that may exist with your health care. If you’re often at risk for dental erosion and tend to suffer from cavities, it means your cleaning habits and your dietary choices may not be enough to prevent harmful acids from chewing through your tooth enamel. To help improve your smile, a dental sealant can be applied to the surfaces of teeth as an added layer of protection.
In order to ensure the chewing surfaces of teeth remain strong, it is important to take care of them as much as possible. If left untreated, various forms of dental erosion can arise, and cavities can even form. Once a cavity is present, a tooth restoration such as a dental filling will be needed to treat and remove the decaying material. Dental sealants, however, provide an additional layer of protection to prevent tooth decay from occurring. They’re often most effective when applied to your back teeth such as your premolars and molars.
Dental sealants can be effectively applied on the molars of children as young as six, or as soon as their molars begin to erupt above the gum line. They can be safely applied and extremely effective because they can lower a child’s risk for cavities by as much as 80%. In addition, they go on clear, so they add an additional level of an enamel protection without impairing the natural appearance of their smile. Dental sealants are extremely durable and can provide up to 10 years of additional protection before they may need to be repaired or replaced.
Are you still interested in dental sealants? With dental sealants and the skilled expertise of our team at Irvine Spectrum Dental, we can make sure you receive the oral health care you need. Dr. Albert Yuen and our team can be reached by calling us at 949-387-6418 to schedule an appointment to visit us at our dentist office in Irvine, California.