The best way to prevent tooth decay is with proper brushing & flossing, as well as regular visits with your hygienist. An extra preventive measure can be taken to prevent cavities: have sealants placed in the deep grooves of your teeth.
A sealant can give your teeth an extra edge in preventing decay. Sealants are bonded into place on healthy teeth to protect the deep pits and fissures, which is where decay is most likely to begin. Back molars in particular are most susceptible to decay. They have deeper gaps and spaces, and are just simply more difficult to reach!
Dr. Meyer can take a quick look inside your mouth to determine how many of your teeth should be sealed. The process of applying a sealant is easy and straightforward. Sealants are routinely placed by hygienists. No drilling is required, and there is no pain or stress during the procedure.
This technique has been around since the 1970s. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has conducted studies that show that children who have had sealants applied have 50% less cavities than those who have not. After your sealant has been applied, regular visits to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning are still in order.
A dental sealant is an excellent form of preventive dentistry, and in many cases can prevent more serious problems. However, the sealant is not permanent. They last three to five years, perhaps longer if you have meticulous home care. They can easily be re-applied as needed.