One of the most prevalent oral health woes is decay. We see it in almost every single patient at some point or another. Decay generally takes the form of cavities in your teeth, and we are filling cavities in younger and younger smiles. In order to defeat decay, you need to understand decay, which is why your St Paul MN dentist is taking some time today to talk about the common problem of cavities and what you can do to protect your teeth.
What Cavities Do
We’ve all heard the term, and most of us have had at least one cavity filled at some point in our lives, but what is a cavity? Cavities form when bacteria produce acid in your mouth. Bacteria will find something to eat (a food remnant, sugar from a piece of candy, etc) and will produce acid as it feasts. That acid eats through your tooth enamel and creates a weakened area in your tooth called a cavity, which then has to be removed and filled.
How Sealants Protect
For most people, cavities aren’t that big of a deal. You might have one here or there, but you aren’t plagued by them as long as you take proper care of your teeth. There are others, though, who get cavities right and left regardless of how well they care for their teeth. These patients are in need of extra protection which we can provide through dental sealants. Sealants are a material that we paint over your chewing surfaces. It is simply a thin layer that will protect your enamel from damage, and it will last for a few years before a touch-up is needed!
You cannot hope to protect yourself from decay if you do not understand how decay forms. By practicing great oral hygiene (and routine visits for cleanings), you can protect your teeth. If not, sealants will be there to help! Contact us today to set up an appointment with your St Paul MN dentist for your next cleaning and exam. We would love to see you very soon!