At OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City, we are committed to the dental health of each of our patients. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups are vital for keeping your smile bright and free of tooth decay.
There are some places, however, where enamel deterioration can occur even with dedicated oral hygiene. The very back of the mouth, where the premolars and molars are, is the most problematic area to brush and floss.
Deep pits in molars and spaces between teeth are the perfect environment for tooth decay to flourish. Food and bacteria that is lodged in pits of molars and spaces between teeth create acid that has direct contact with tooth enamel and immediately goes to work.
While brushing frequently is essential, an additional safeguard against cavities is the application of dental sealants. Dental sealants are a plastic barrier placed over the top of each tooth, to prevent bacteria and plaque having direct contact with the tooth.
Many parents obtain sealants for their children and teens, and many adults are having them applied. After sealants are applied, they will be examined at each visit and reapplied as needed.
Are they cost effective? Sealants are relatively inexpensive initially and downright cheap when you consider the cost of filling cavities and restorative procedures that may be required in the future. Sealants may be the best investment you ever make in your child’s smile.
At OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City, we want each patient to have strong teeth that are free of cavities. We are committed to your dental health. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup today.
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