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Dentist in Rocky River Tells Why Sealants are Important

December 23, 2016

Dental sealants protect kids’ teeth from tooth decay. Learn all about them from your dentist in Rocky River, Dr. William Eick.

Protect dental health and aesthetics with preventive services from your dentist in Rocky River, Dr. William L. Eick. Plastic dental sealants are a quick, budget-friendly method of keeping decay away from children’s teeth. Just one dental visit confers this added protection simply and comfortably.

Cavities are a Prevalent Problem

Some people get more cavities than others do. Enamel softened from acidic foods, heredity, or oral injury all play a part in tooth decay. While twice daily brushing and flossing according to American Dental Association guidelines assist patients of all ages in keeping smiles strong and bright, some individuals, especially kids, need extra help. For those patients, William L Eick DDS, dentist in Rocky River, recommends plastic sealants.

What are Sealants?

Very simply, dental sealants are applied to tooth surfaces as a clear liquid and carefully hardened with a special curing light. Teeth with deeply grooved surfaces, such as back molars, benefit most from sealants because those bumps and crevices collect plaque (biofilm) and tartar that brushing and flossing miss.

The bacteria in plaque, typically Streptococcus mutans, cause tooth decay. These germs thrive in biofilm, and they secrete corrosive acids that create holes in teeth. Dentists call these holes cavities. With the fast and painless application of sealants by your family dentist near Rocky River, tooth enamel is protected from decay for up to ten years. If need be, it can be re-applied.

Who Benefits from Sealants?

Kids between the ages of six and 14 are cavity-prone. The quality of their dental hygiene habits vary, and good nutrition can, too, because of busy schedules and finicky appetites. Baby teeth should be protected against decay and loss because, contrary to popular opinion, these little teeth are not throwaways: they are very important to oral health. Baby teeth help adult teeth enter the mouth correctly, hold the alignment of adjacent teeth teeth and help kids eat and speak properly.

Moreover, patients of all ages can benefit from plastic sealants. Young, middle-aged and senior adults all have those cavity-prone crevices in their back teeth. Plus, their brushing, flossing and dietary habits can impact how many cavities they get.

Prevention is Key

In addition to plastic sealants, at-home hygiene, six-month oral exams and cleanings, Dr. Eick recommends these preventive measures to keep tooth enamel strong and gums pink and healthy:

  • Drink at least glasses of water daily to cleanse tooth surfaces and gums and to stimulate beneficial saliva.
  • Eat a low-carbohydrate diet rich in calcium and proteins. Fibrous fruits and vegetables cleanse tooth surfaces.
  • Pay attention to any dental discomfort, change in the fit of prosthetics or in the condition of restorations. Contact Dr. Eick’s office right away for any pressing concern.
  • Wear mouthguards for sports and if you clench and grind your teeth.

Your Smile is Important

Dr. Eick and his dedicated team firmly believe in preventive dental services. Keep kids’ smiles (and yours) durable and healthy with plastic sealants. Contact William L. Eick to schedule your next routine appointment.

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