Prevent tooth decay with dental sealants in Los Banos, CA

Proper oral hygiene is essential for protecting your oral health, but some people may still struggle with cavities in hard-to-reach spaces in their mouth.  Artistry in Smiles provides dental sealants in the Los Banos, CA, area to offer years of protection for vulnerable areas of your mouth.

Benefits of dental sealants

Tooth decay is one of the most widespread recurring conditions in the US, but it is entirely preventable with routine care and good oral hygiene. Even with a good diet and perfect oral hygiene habits, some people are more susceptible to cavities than others, especially in the tiny nooks and crannies on the molars’ chewing surface. Dental sealants can protect these vulnerable areas by sealing out bacteria. Dental sealants can prevent up to 80% of cavities in the first two years and up to 50% of cavities up to five years. As the sealant wears away, your dentist can provide continued protection by treating your teeth again.  

Preventing tooth decay is especially crucial for children once their six-year molars erupt. Because their jaws are still malleable, tooth decay can hurt the jawbone and facial muscles’ development and increase the risk of dental crowding and malocclusion. Dental sealants are a safe, effective way to support healthy development and prevent costly or uncomfortable procedures in the future, especially when combined with other preventive measures such as regular cleanings and fluoride treatments.

What to expect from your procedure

Dental sealant should be scheduled during one of your routine cleanings. First, we’ll perform a deep cleaning to remove any bacteria or tartar buildup, then dry the area thoroughly. Next, one of our dentists or hygienists will apply a specific solution to help the sealant bond effectively with your enamel. We’ll apply the dental sealant to the chewing surface of your molars using a paintbrush and allow it to harden using a special light. Once the sealant is in place, you are free to resume normal eating and drinking habits.

The process is entirely painless and takes a few minutes per tooth. You may notice an odd sensation when you bite into foods at first, but you shouldn’t notice a thing after a day or two. Dental sealants last anywhere from 3-5 years, and they can be reapplied as they wear out. To learn more about our preventive care, contact our office Artistry in Smiles in Los Banos, CA, today at (209) 812-0041  to set up an appointment.