As thin, resin coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth, dental sealants protect your teeth from future decay and cavities. Dental sealants are placed on your teeth because the chewing surfaces of the molar and premolar teeth have grooves, or “fissures,” that make them highly vulnerable to decay.
These fissures are difficult to clean, as they can be deep and are sometimes narrower than even a single bristle of a toothbrush. Plaque often gravitates to these areas, and acid from bacteria in the plaque can help develop cavities in your teeth.
We recommend sealants for all back teeth as soon as they come into your mouth. In some cases, we may even recommend sealants for primary or baby teeth! You may have sealants applied during your initial visit or cleaning appointment.
Treating Periodontal Disease
Also called gingivitis or gum disease, periodontal disease is fairly common even in younger patients, and can range from a simple infection of your gums to damage to your tissues and jaw bone. Poor oral hygiene can lead to marginal gingivitis which is an infection of the tissue around the crown of your teeth.
If untreated, gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, which involves more than just the ring of gum around the tooth crown. Eventually, the gum will separate from your tooth and the plaque that caused gingivitis moves down below the gum. At this point, only a dentist or hygienist can adequately clean and disinfect your tooth. If left untreated, the infection may invade your root, causing tooth loss, dental infection, abscess or pain.
Periodontal disease often develops and progresses unbeknownst to you, so it is important to visit your general dentist every 6 months for exams and cleanings.
If you get periodontal disease you may need to visit your dentist more frequently throughout the year (every three months) and possibly receive “deep cleanings” from a periodontal specialist.
Contact our office right away to schedule a consultation – together we’ll help you with treatment.