The most effective method of fighting cavities
is to floss and brush routinely, but sometimes it can be hard to effectively clean every part of your teeth. This is particularly true in the case of our molars, which are located in the deep depths of our mouths and can act as a shelter for bacteria and leftover food. Luckily, Dr. Snyder can administer sealants
, which are thin, plastic coatings that are attached to your teeth, where they stop early stages of decay and hinder cavities.
Acids are produced when leftover food meets the bacteria in your mouth. These acids can eat away at your teeth, creating cavities. Sealants work by stopping food from getting stuck in those hard-to-reach areas while also keeping bacteria and acid away from the surface of your teeth.
Considering that most of us get our first molars around six years of age, the sooner sealants are administered, the better. By sealing your molars at an early age, they could stay cavity-free right from the beginning. And though you might think of them as an expense, sealants are more of an investment. After all, having no cavities in your teeth means less cost to you in the long-run.
The application process for sealants is pretty simple. To start, Dr. Snyder will clean the teeth the sealant will be placed on. After the surface is dry, she will apply an acidic gel, which forms a durable and strong bond between the sealant and the teeth to which it is being applied. After a swift rinse-and-dry, she will administer the sealant and harden it with a special blue light.
After sealants are administered, they can last several years before Dr. Snyder will need to reapply them.
It is crucial to keep in mind that sealants aren't an alternative to brushing your teeth. They simply prevent cavities. In order to keep a healthy smile, you will still have to floss and brush daily. However, if you discover that brushing and flossing aren't enough to keep your teeth cavity-free, be sure to ask Dr. Snyder
about sealants during your next visit.