By taking care of your teeth, they can last a lifetime, and you won’t need to worry about needing dentures when you’re older. Good habits to practice are brushing your teeth twice a day, rinsing your mouth after meals, using fluoride toothpaste, and using dental sealants on your and your family’s teeth.
Although you may take great care of your teeth, using preventive solutions helps ensure that they don’t get dental decay. A sealant is a thin layer of plastic that keeps food particles from sticking between teeth or in their crevices.
When you visit one of our dentists at Ortholine Family Dentistry in Coral Gables, FL, they will examine your teeth to look for any signs of decay before they will paint them with a sealant. The liquid chemical goes on the back teeth, the premolars, and molars because they do most of the chewing and have many crevices in which food particles stick in.
Ideally, your or your child’s teeth should be decay-free before our dentist applies the sealant, but some dentists will use them over teeth with beginning signs of decay. Since the sealant is clear, they can see through it and watch for signs of worsening decay and take care of it before it can damage teeth.
Applying a sealant to teeth is a painless process. Our dentist at Ortholine Family Dentistry will clean your teeth and then dry them. After they are dry, he or she will brush the liquid sealant on the back teeth, where it will begin to dry.
As it begins to harden, our dentist in Coral Gables, FL will use a curing light to finish drying and hardening the sealant quickly. After it hardens, you can go home and eat, drink, or do whatever you wish.
Dental sealants in Coral Gables, FL can last up to 10 years, but if they do tear or get holes in them, the repair is easy. The dentist will simply paint more sealant over the damaged areas and harden it to keep protecting your teeth.