Caring for the teeth is no laughing matter. Many people take their teeth for granted as kids and teenagers only to discover they have allowed dangerous and degenerative problems to develop because of a lack of brushing and flossing.
At Mertz Family Dentistry, we want to help our patients in Longmont, CO avoid the hazards of tooth decay, gum disease, and permanent dental damage by offering preventive treatments of all kinds. One of our most popular is the application of dental sealants, which can be done after a regular exam and cleaning.
The main benefit of dental sealants is keeping the teeth healthy and strong. Plaque is a sticky substance left behind by food and beverages. Over time, it disintegrates the teeth’s protective outer enamel, exposing the soft pulp inside. This causes cavities and can lead to sensitivity, infections, and even permanent tooth loss.
When applied and cared for properly, dental sealants can last more than three years. We recommend our patients avoid brushing too hard with their toothbrushes and try not to eat too many sugary or acidic foods.
If you are worried your sealants are starting to become worn, our dentists can examine them and then apply a new layer to fill in the gaps.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends sealants be worn by children between the ages of 6 and 14. At Mertz Family Dentistry, we can serve patients in Longmont, CO in that age range, but we can also apply sealants to adult patients. They are available to anyone who struggles to maintain proper oral health and hygiene.