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Are you at an increased risk of tooth decay and dental erosion? If you regularly consume abundant amounts of sugar and starches, plaque buildup in your mouth may be able to convert these substances into harmful acids within your mouth that can contribute heavily the tooth decay. Because of this, you should have a preventative treatment in place to help protect the chewing surfaces of teeth. Ideally, dental sealants can be used.

It’s always important to make sure you are taking the necessary steps to keep your smile safe from the risk of dental erosion. Dental erosion occurs when plaque and bacteria in your mouth convert substances in your mouth such as sugars and starches into harmful acids that will eat through your tooth enamel. Even though your tooth enamel is strong, it cannot withstand years of wear from tooth decay. Because of this, it is often recommended to apply protective coatings atop the chewing surfaces of teeth with dental sealants. Dental sealants are very durable, and not only do they go on clear to allow the natural beauty of the teeth to shine through, but they can effectively function for up to 10 years.

Children have been proven to be extremely vulnerable to dental erosion. This is because they often have diets that include more sugars and starches. Thus, dental sealants prove to be more effective for children to help prevent tooth decay. They’re also safe to use and can be applied as soon as their first molars begin to grow in, which is typically around the age of 6. Once the sealant is in place, children have been proven to be 3 times less likely to suffer from the harmful effects of cavities and dental erosion.

Nobody said it was going to be easy, but the quest for a perfect smile is more in reach with dental sealants. If you are ready to see what dental sealants can do to enhance your oral health, please come visit United Dental Group at our dentist office in Burlingame, California. Dr. Michael S. Tseng and our team can be reached at 650-777-9195.