How Dental Sealants can help prevent cavities

To protect your child’s teeth from decay, you may need to take extra steps to reduce their risks. Dr. James Durfey and his team at Aztec Family Dental are available to educate patients on how they can care for their smiles and eliminate the possibility of cavities or gum disease. One of these methods is by offering protection through dental sealants.

What is a dental, or cavity, sealant?

Our team describes the dental sealant as a way to smooth the pits and grooves found on the chewing surfaces of the molars in the back of the mouth. In doing this, there are fewer spaces for food particles and sugars to cling to, reducing the risk of cavities. The sealant is made of a tough plastic material that sticks to the natural tooth enamel. It is essentially “painted” onto the teeth to seal these areas and protect the molars against decay. While often used in children to protect their first permanent teeth in the back of the smile, they may also be used for adults in certain dental situations.

What are the advantages of dental sealants for kids and adults?

Dental sealants are an excellent way in which patients can protect their teeth from decay, making them a sound investment in proactive dentistry instead of reactive dentistry. It is extremely affordable and can last about five years with natural wear. Sealants can also be reapplied as needed if they chip or wear in advance. This is why we still encourage patients to visit the office at least every six months for an evaluation with our team to check the health of the smile and the functionality of dental sealants applied in the past.

Are you considering dental sealants for your smile?

If you live in Aztec, NM, and are interested in learning more about cavity sealant options, we encourage you to book an appointment with our professionals at Aztec Family Dental. Dr. James Durfey’s office is located at 503 South Main Avenue and can be reached by phone to request an appointment by calling (505) 390-1117.