August 31, 2015
Quite often, when people think of going to the dentist, they imagine their teeth being drilled for cavities. While this frightening image is going out of fashion, the idea of dentists as brutish cavity-miners still endures in the cultural imagination. Yet most of what we do is to help you prevent cavities by improving and teaching oral health and hygiene.
Things like brushing and flossing regularly are the first steps to preventing cavity formation in kids and adults. Avoiding sugary foods and drinks and sleeping with your mouth closed also go a long way. But for many people, just the shape of their teeth can be the perfect feeding ground for bacteria. This is where dental sealants can make a huge difference in the prevention of cavities.
Like the existing enamel on your tooth, a dental sealant is a layer of protection against harmful bacteria that can cause cavities. Unlike your tooth enamel, however, a dental sealant can be applied as many times as needed! Dental sealant is simply painted onto the tooth to prevent decay.
Kids are very resilient, but they are also very damage-prone in general. Cracked teeth and poor alignment, combined with a sweet tooth, can spell disaster for delicate baby teeth! Dental sealants are a great way to help fight against cavities while your kids’ mouths are still developing.
By the time they reach adulthood, many people are very set in their ways when it comes to oral health. While we do the best we can to educate and encourage our patients to take better care of their own mouths, dental sealants do the work that we can’t. In the case of tooth fissures and gaps, no amount of tooth-brushing will make a difference, but dental sealants can protect a tooth against bacteria for years.
Nobody wants cavities, so why wait to go to the dentist until you already have one? If you are concerned about you or your child’s oral health, pay us a visit to learn about treatment options, and what you can do to better your oral practice at home. We are located conveniently for those in the Hoffman Estates and surrounding suburbs. Let us put a smile on your face today!