Dental Sealants in Walnut Creek

Feel around the biting surface of your back teeth, the place where your food gets chewed every day. Those little pits and grooves that cover the surface? They’re ripe for decay and can be a magnet for bacteria and other tooth-ruining agents if not properly treated. Thankfully, at Horizons Dental we can protect those little crevasses with a dental sealant, perfect for patients of all ages.

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What Are Dental Sealants?

Tooth-colored sealants are painted onto your teeth as an adhesive liquid, spread across your chewing surfaces and gently dried with a warm light. The best candidates for dental sealants is actually a patient who has experienced little or no tooth decay in his or her lifetime. This is because once cavities start to form and multiple fillings are needed it may be too late for a sealant to help.

How Do Dental Sealants Work?

Think of dental sealants as a barrier between invading plaque and your healthy tooth. It’s like a shield for your teeth, fending off food, bacteria and whatever else has been sent to do harm to your mouth. Sealants do need to be reapplied every five to 10 years, however, to make sure they continue to operate at maximum effectiveness.

Benefits of Dental Sealants

The teeth you chew with are, not surprisingly, the teeth most susceptible to plaque build-up and decay. Even the most diligent brusher and flosser can have a hard time reaching into the tiny grooves on the biting surface, but thankfully those are the same teeth we can seal, starting when you're young! Dental sealants are another ounce of prevention you can take to ensure a healthy mouth for the rest of your life.

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