Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often.
Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Dental sealants protect these vulnerable areas by "sealing out" plaque and food. This is especially helpful for young people who are prone to pit and fissure decay.
The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and may last several years before a reapplication is needed. During your regular office visits, Dr. Webster will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary.
Key ingredients in preventing tooth decay and having a healthy mouth are:
- Brushing twice a day
- Cleaning between your teeth daily with floss or another interdental cleaner
- Eating a balanced diet and limiting sweets
- Visiting your dentist regularly
If you are looking for a dentist that offers dental sealants in Downers Grove, contact Webster Dental at 630.663.0554.
Webster Dental is a top-rated dental group located in Downers Grove, Illinois. For over 30 years, Barbara Webster, DDS has been servicing the Chicagoland region including Downers Grove, Lisle, Woodridge, Lombard, Westmont, Darien, Willowbrook, Glen Ellyn, Burr Ridge, Oak Brook, Hinsdale, as well as other Chicago communities. Webster Dental is located at 1121 Warren Avenue, Suite 130, in Downers Grove, Illinois.