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Does food seem to get caught in your back molars a lot? Is it difficult for you to get those teeth clean? For us to eat, our teeth have natural pits and ridges. However, if the ridges or pits go too deep, bacteria can gather there and start wreaking havoc. To help keep this from happening, we can offer dental sealants to our patients.

In essence, dental sealants are a thin layer of plastic that may be put on the chewing surfaces of your molars or premolars and can be white or clear to match the tooth. As soon as the teeth have fully erupted from the gumline, they can be applied. Sealants can cover the grooves to help give your tooth a smooth surface, which can make it more difficult for tooth decay to set in.

Even though dental sealants are typically put on children’s teeth between the ages of 6 and 12, they could also be recommended for adults are prone to tooth decay. Applied in just one visit, this preventative measure can potentially protect your tooth for many years. But you should remember to maintain your daily hygiene routine because the rest of your smile may not be as resistant.

If you would like to find out more about dental sealants in Metairie, Louisiana, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shelly Ereth Barone, we invite you to call us at 504-832-1164 today. We want your smile to last for many more years to come.