Dental Sealants Hillsboro OR
Applying dental sealants to certain pits of your back teeth allow us to protect otherwise vulnerable areas. Studies have found this preventative step to significantly decrease the likelihood of developing decay in the areas predicted to be at risk. At Hoffman Dental, we view preventive care to be a valuable part of your overall dental health. We encourage both education and the proper tools to achieve success in your oral health including the application of dental sealants when needed.
Our teeth are naturally designed to accomplish a task, namely to break down food before swallowing. Part of their design includes points and pits for the mashing of food. Some of these pits can be naturally formed in such a way that food can become easily trapped and then difficult if not impossible to remove. Research has shown that these spots are where decay is most often likely to occur. This is especially true in children and young adults who are still learning proper dental hygiene skills. We like to help these patients and reduce this risk by providing a barrier between the enamel and debris in these small areas. This barrier is the application of dental sealants.
Dental sealants are a liquid varnish that we paint on with a small brush that, once dried, will protect the enamel and prevent bacteria or debris from making contact. The application of dental sealants is completed in one office visit with multiple quick steps including:
Your dental sealants should remain in place for several years, though we will check their status at all future dental exams and checkup appointments. Dental sealants can be reapplied as needed.
Dental Sealant Facts
Our patients love the protection they receive from dental sealants. Some facts include:
If you are interested in having dental sealants applied, contact Hoffman Dental today at (503) 648-7700 to schedule an appointment.