Sealants to Protect Your Teeth at Surf City Dental

As much as you brush and floss, it may be difficult or even impossible to clean inside some of the deeper grooves in your teeth. In particular, the teeth in the back of your mouth, called molars and premolars, may be very prone to accumulating bacteria and suffering decay.

Fortunately, there’s a way to protect even these teeth. Sealants are a thin, protective coating that adhere to the chewing surface of your back teeth to keep them clean (and hopefully keep bacteria from hiding in them).

Sealants and Cavity Prevention in Surf City, North Carolina

Sealants are not a substitute for good oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings. However, to avoid the buildup of plaque, and the eventual development of cavities, Dr. Parr can apply sealants that fill in the deeper grooves and pits in your molars. The sealants are made of plastic and other dental materials.

Premolars and molars can be sealed after they have erupted beyond the gum. For most people, it may be appropriate to get sealants starting at age 11 to 13. Sealants are usually placed just on the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars, but can be used to protect particularly at-risk teeth in older adults, as well.

Have more questions about sealants or want to schedule an appointment with our team? Give Dr. Parr a call today at Surf City Dental, or request an appointment online.