Preventative Home Care
One of the best ways you can protect your teeth is by practicing outstanding home care techniques. Brushing twice daily and making sure to reach all areas of your gums and teeth will help keep plaque and bacteria under control. Flossing is an essential part of excellent preventative habits. Flossing your teeth completely, using proper techniques that get both sides of your teeth from the front all the way to behind your last molar, can help prevent gum disease and decay.
Sometimes the anatomy of your teeth may make it difficult to reach into those deep grooves with the bristles of your toothbrush, no matter how often you brush. In cases where you need extra protection, dental sealants may be a great option for you.
Protective Dental Sealants
Dental sealants work well for some patients who have deep grooves in their teeth or who are prone to decay. They are especially effective for kids because of their sugary diets and lack of dexterity (or commitment) to brushing. While we still believe that diligent home care is important, sealants can provide yet another way to keep decay away.
Sealants work by placing a protective barrier between your teeth and food particles to help keep bacteria out of the grooves of your teeth. It only takes one bacterium to start a chain reaction in the right environment. When bacteria find their way into your teeth and take up residence, it can mean serious decay, pain, and large restorations.
Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings we brush onto the surface of your teeth where food particles are likely to stick. You do not need to have anaesthetic for sealant placement. They are invisible, non-invasive, and can last up to five years. After five years, they may become worn and require replacement.
Many parents consider sealants a good investment for their kids because it may help them avoid fillings in the future. Fillings require more tooth prep and take longer. Sealants are quick and application takes just a few minutes.
Sealants for All Ages
While dental sealants are much more common in children than adults, you might benefit from having sealants. If you want to avoid decay and protect your teeth, our dentists can let you know if they think dental sealants will work for you.
Call Us for Your Next Preventative Exam
If it is time for you to go to the dentist or if you are overdue for your professional exam and cleaning, call our Iqaluit dental office to set up your next appointment. Our team will help find a time that works for your schedule. We look forward to helping you stay healthy and feeling your best by promoting prevention and early treatment.