Here at the Eco-Dentistry Association we receive a lot of questions from individuals asking for oral health tips and advice. And while we love to share our expertise, we think the true experts are any one of our 800 brilliant members.
Because we have access to some of the greatest minds in dentistry, we’ve decided to launch the “Ask a Green Dentist” series! Every month, we’ll share some of your most frequently asked questions surrounding oral health. Wondering why you wake up with bad breath in the morning? Curious how your dentist knows if you’ve been flossing or not? Let us know! We’ll ask our panel of experts to give you the 4-1-1 on everything you need to know so you can take charge of your oral health.
The doctor is in!
Q: What are dental sealants, who should get them and how long do they last?
A: A dental sealant is a plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. Grooves in these teeth are so narrow that a toothbrush cannot fit into the spaces to extract food and plaque completely. Dental sealants can provide great protection against dental decay or “cavities” in those grooves. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and may last several years before a reapplication is needed!
Inna V. Shimanovsky, DMD
AADVANCED DENTAL , located in Oregon City, Oregon.
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