On the biting surfaces of teeth, there are grooves that help grind up food. While these grooves are especially useful, food can also become stuck deep in the narrow spaces of the teeth and can often be extremely difficult to remove. In some cases, it is not food but plaque that becomes stuck in these narrow indentations, and the bristles of a toothbrush cannot clean them out. These stuck particles can compromise the structure of teeth and develop into cavities or other serious infections. Our dentist, Dr. Mark Osenieks, can prevent these issues from occurring with the use of sealants.
Dr. Osenieks will use sealants to fill narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. The sealant is typically a safe, plastic material that will smooth out the valleys of a tooth and prevents food from becoming stuck. After receiving a sealant, it is possible to brush away the debris and keep your teeth healthy. We typically seal teeth of younger children because the grooves are smaller and more likely to have issues; however, a dental sealant treatment in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is pain-free and our dentist can perform on it any patient.
If you are interested in sealing your teeth and preventing cavities, we welcome you to call our dental practice at (616) 453-0002 to schedule your consultation today.