In our commitment to preventive dentistry, we introduce you to an effective solution for protecting your teeth: dental sealants. Dental sealants are protective coatings that cover the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. These surfaces are particularly vulnerable to decay because of their natural grooves, making them difficult to clean with regular brushing alone. Sealants prevent bacteria and plaque from accumulating in these natural fissures.

Getting a dental sealant starts with the tooth surface being thoroughly cleaned and dried. Then, a special gel is applied to roughen the surface of the tooth, allowing the sealant to bond more effectively. After rinsing and drying the tooth again, the sealant is carefully painted onto the tooth surface and hardened with a curing light.

Dental sealants offer several advantages. Firstly, they provide a protective shield against cavities by sealing vulnerable areas on the surface of your teeth. Secondly, their smooth texture simplifies cleaning, reducing plaque buildup and bacterial growth. Lastly, when properly maintained, dental sealants can offer long-lasting protection, ensuring ongoing dental health for years to come.

While children and teenagers are the most common candidates for dental sealants due to the susceptibility of their newly erupted permanent teeth, adults can also benefit from this preventive treatment. Whether you are looking to safeguard your child’s developing smile or protect your own teeth from decay, dental sealants are a valuable addition to your oral care routine.

At Opelika Dental Arts, we believe in the power of preventive dentistry to preserve your oral health and keep your smile shining bright. Do not hesitate to contact us at 334-745-3135 to schedule your dental sealant in Opelika, Alabama, with our dentists, Dr. James Tatum or Dr. James Ashcraft. Let us partner with you in achieving optimal dental wellness for you and your family.