At my office, we do everything to help our patients prevent cavities. One of the things that is very effective in preventing decay is a sealant. When our teeth grow, sometimes the grooves and pits of the teeth do not completely close, leaving open a "microscopic valley” that is very prone to bacterial invasion and consequent cavities. A sealant is done by cleaning out the pits and grooves of the tooth and then applying a sealer, or sealant, that closes up the gap in the enamel that nature did not do. It is an easy, painless and fairly quick procedure. Before we do a sealant, we always use a laser to scan the tooth to see if it has a cavity in these areas. If no decay is present, we can confidently seal the tooth and reduce decay in these areas by 80 % in just the first 2 years after application.
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