New Hampshire Center for Comprehensive Dentistry provides dental sealants to help protect your teeth and help you enjoy a healthy smile. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of healthy, decay-free teeth. Sealants create a physical barrier that literally “seals out” the food and bacteria that cause tooth decay. To learn more about dental sealants in Amherst, New Hampshire, and make your appointment with our dentists, please call us today at 603-672-6546.
When properly applied, sealants are 100% effective at preventing tooth decay, and help to maintain healthy teeth and prevent future problems. Sealants save you time and money in the long run by preventing tooth decay, and are highly durable. When properly cared for with regular dental cleanings, good oral hygiene, and a proper diet, your sealants can last for years.
Sealants are most often used on the back teeth, which are the teeth at most risk for decay and cavities. These teeth have deep grooves that are too narrow to be reached by toothbrush bristles. Because these grooves and fissures are difficult to clean, food and bacteria can become trapped there. Only one brief appointment (30 to 60 minutes) is required to seal all of the back teeth.
Both children and adults can benefit from the added protection sealants provide. Children benefit greatly from sealants for several reasons. The enamel on a newly erupted tooth takes a full three years to mature. This leaves young teeth especially vulnerable to decay. Children also sometimes have difficulty maintaining good dental hygiene. However, it is never too late for sealants—adults are also at-risk tooth decay and should consider sealants, especially when they have risk factors for cavities.
For more information and to set up your appointment with our dentists to determine if dental sealants are right for you, give our office a call today!