Our dental patients in Elgin know that regular brushing and flossing are essential to oral health. But brushing and flossing can’t do it all. And that’s why the team at David Rice DDS applies dental sealants, an important tool of general dentistry.
Dental sealants are a plastic material that bond to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, mainly in their pits and fissures. The plastic acts as a shield against acids and plaque that can damage the enamel.
Many parents think that sealants are only for children and teenagers, but they can be beneficial for adults, too. It’s a simple dental procedure that can improve your oral health by protecting the surfaces that are particularly vulnerable to decay.
Dental sealants have been a staple of general dentistry since the 1970s. The reason, of course, is that they work. They are not permanent, however, but they can last for years. If need be, you can always have it applied a second time. And of course, sealants are not a substitute for brushing and flossing.
At David Rice DDS in Elgin, we apply sealants as part of general and family dentistry. We also practice cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening. For those patients who cope with dental anxiety, we provide sedation dentistry. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.