Dental sealants are essentially a thin film of durable plastic resin painted on to the biting surface of your back teeth. If residual food particles and bacteria become trapped in the deep contours of your back teeth, it easily promotes tooth decay. With dental sealants on your back teeth, you have an effective shield that keeps bacteria from attacking the tooth enamel.
You need to keep in mind that the dental sealants Dr. Kerry Olszewski applied to your back teeth, are only limited to the biting surface. The sides and the spaces between your teeth are still subject to tooth decay, the same as the rest of the teeth in your mouth.
This means you will need to continue to brush and floss all of your back teeth, which includes flossing behind your last molar. Keeping these areas clean will reduce the chances of developing tooth decay or gum disease on the unprotected surfaces.
You should also brush the biting surfaces that are protected with the dental sealants. The resin material is designed to be durable and won’t easily be removed by simple brushing.
If you have questions about your dental sealants and how to best include them as a part of your daily oral hygiene routine, please feel free to call Dr. Kerry Olszewski to schedule an appointment.