Protect Your Teeth with Dental Sealants

Who would have thought that munching and chewing can actually prevent tooth decay? That is, if you are munching and chewing on fruits and vegetables and not on high-sugar cookies and cakes. As it turns out, healthy food like carrots, apples, celery do not only keep unwanted pounds off, they also help clean away sticky food particles and plaque which can contribute to the formation of cavities. Munching and chewing also promotes the production of more saliva that aids in washing away the bacteria in the sticky food and plaque in your mouth.

Alpine and Highland UT dentist Dr. Garon Larsen provides dental sealant treatment for added protection against tooth decay. A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating applied on the chewing surface of the back teeth (molars and premolars) to act as a barrier against food particles and bacteria that can get into the deep pits and fissures.

dental sealant alpine utahBecause the back teeth’s narrow pits and fissures are hard to reach and clean, sealants serve as a lasting solution.

Putting the dental sealant on your teeth is quick and easy and takes only as little as 5 minutes per tooth. After thoroughly cleaning the tooth surface, a weak acid will be applied to roughen up the surface and make it ready for the dental sealant. After the surface has dried up, next to be applied is the liquid sealant, which easily bonds onto the tooth enamel. Depending on the type of sealant used, the coating can harden either with or without the use of a special light, turning the liquid sealant into a hard plastic varnish.

If you believe that an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure, then visit Alpine dentist Dr. Larsen to receive dental sealant protection for your back teeth. Call (801) 756-4440 today to schedule your quick appointment.