Dental Sealants Van Nuys
Most dental diseases are preventable. Tooth decay and cavities are one of the most common chronic conditions in the world, but can be prevented with the right treatments. Our Van Nuys dental sealants expert may recommend dental sealants for children or for those at high risk of cavities.
Dental sealants are a type of preventive treatment that forms a barrier between your teeth and oral bacteria. They are applied to the chewing surfaces of molars, or the teeth near the back of the jaw you use to chew. These surfaces are full of pits and fissures that can make it hard to keep clean, and because of their pitted surfaces, molars are the most common site for cavities. Our expert in dental sealants in Van Nuys can apply the sealants during a single appointment.
Brushing and flossing continuously can be the best ways to protect your teeth from decay, but dental sealants add an extra layer of protection. Our Van Nuys dental sealants expert will first clean the surfaces of your teeth and apply a conditioning liquid that prepares the surface of the tooth for the sealant application. The sealant is then painted onto the surface of the tooth before being cured with a special light.
Van Nuys Dental Sealants
The sealant is clear and will stay in place for several years under normal conditions. Our expert in dental sealants in Van Nuys will check them at each appointment and reapply as needed. You can get the most out of your new sealants by practicing good dental habits. Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth with an interdental cleaner or floss. Wear a mouth guard to protect against the damage of bruxism if you grind your teeth and visit us regularly for cleanings and checkups. If you are at a high risk of developing cavities due to your lifestyle or health factors, you may benefit from additional preventive treatments such as fluoride or more frequent cleanings. This can remove heavy plaque and tartar buildup before they damage your teeth.
Call us today to learn more about dental sealants or to schedule an appointment with our Van Nuys dentist.