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Dental Sealants

A patient showing her beautiful dentally sealed teeth from Dougherty Dental.
You brush and floss like you are supposed to, but still notice that there is sometimes food caught in your back teeth. Despite your best efforts, your dentist is starting to see a little extra attention to those back teeth becoming necessary. One of the best ways to avoid this type of an issue is by putting a dental sealant on those back molars. This protects them, and keeps food from doing as much damage, preventing a lot of tooth decay when paired with proper oral hygiene procedures.

What Dental Sealants Are Able to Do


Those back teeth are more difficult to keep clean, simply because your jaw does not work on a hinge that opens up 180 degrees. If it did, you would be able to clean those teeth no problem! But since you can’t, we need to be able to cover those teeth with a little extra protection to keep them from experiencing tooth decay. The dentists at Dougherty Dental can coat your back teeth with a sealant that is able to keep food out of the little crevices that cover the chewing portion of your molars. What this does is acts like a little bit of a shield. It lifts the food up a little higher off your teeth, giving your toothbrush and floss better chances of cleaning it off when you clean up your mouth
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    The sealant that is placed on your back teeth fills in the little tiny holes in the teeth that are naturally there, and seals up the grooves of the tooth. This keeps your teeth solid, closing off any spots where food would try and hide or get stuck in. Sealants work really well for quite some time, but they do not last forever. One should expect, with normal wear and tear, the sealants to last around five years and then they will have to be replaced.

    What to Make Sure You Know About Dental Sealants


    Dental sealants can help prevent tooth decay in a portion of your mouth that is difficult to reach, but they are not meant to be a substitute for normal hygiene practices, such as flossing every day and brushing at least twice a day. You will still need to go in and have your dentist check your teeth every six months as well, since that is going to be able to help you prevent a vast majority of the issues in your mouth.

    If you are considering getting some dental sealants to help protect your teeth, then give the experienced dentists at Dougherty Dental a call. They can set up an appointment for you to come in and not only speak with a dentist, but also have a full exam and get sealants put on your teeth. They can explain how to best care for them, and they can also begin a full dental care plan for you. Enjoy the peaceful environment that Dougherty Dental offers, along with the experience and professionalism you expect from a top end dental office.
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