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Double Your Tooth Protection with Dental Sealants

We all know how important it is to brush and floss our teeth to keep cavities at bay. We even teach children these skills as soon as they’re old enough to understand. But, what if we told you there was something else you could do that can double your tooth protection and keep cavities from forming or getting worse? At Advanced Dental Care of Austin, Texas, our experienced team offers a service called dental sealants. Read on to learn how this innovative treatment can help you and your family.

How can dental sealants double my tooth protection? 

When you follow our advice on brushing at least twice a day and flossing between your teeth, you already have good oral health habits. But you know how it is. You may stay out late one night and fall into bed without brushing or flossing your teeth. Each time you skip one of these tasks, bacteria have a chance to seep into the tiny cracks in your teeth. Once those bacteria get in, they can continue to grow, leading to tooth decay, better known as cavities. 

Dental sealants, made of a thin coating that is brushed onto your teeth, offer you extra protection by sealing the cracks in your teeth and preventing bacteria from getting in. This painless procedure is even used in children, but we recommend waiting until their molars grow in. This is because molars, the larger teeth in the back, are uneven and trap tiny food particles that can lead to decay. They’re also harder to reach when brushing and flossing. By targeting the molars, we can improve your family’s dental health.

Considerations

To keep your smile healthy for years, dental sealants could be the answer. Even so, you still need to come in for all your check-ups and teeth cleanings. You also need to keep up the good work at home by brushing and flossing regularly. It’s a team effort!

Some people have raised concern about Bisphenol A (BPA) in dental sealants. BPA is a resin used in some plastic products like water bottles. While sealants aren’t made of BPA, they contain compounds that can turn into BPA when they interact with saliva. Please note we take every precaution to ensure the safety of our patients. For example, we use dental suction to remove saliva, and we also rinse your teeth after the sealant has been applied.

We’re happy to answer any questions you have and to explain the procedure in detail. To learn more about dental sealants, or to make an appointment with any member of our Advanced Dental Care team, call 512-331-1477 or book online today. 

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