What are groovy teeth? No, it is not that 70’s term referring to the coolness of the era. It refers to the imbalanced growth of teeth inside the mouth, which can lead to fissures and grooves that can eventually be filled with plaque and cavities if not taken care of properly.  This is why you should do your best to protect your child’s teeth as well as your own from various tooth decay-causing bacteria. Here are some further explanations. 

The creation of teeth is naturally imbalanced. Some people can have grooves in their teeth particularly the molars. When people bite, these molars naturally gain stains and other particles that may fall into the gaps and form cavities, which can eventually damage the teeth and lead to tooth loss.  This can be prevented by the application of sealants as discussed below.

The American Dental Association showed an image of the cross section of the tooth and a single bristle of the toothbrush. It showed that the gap and depth of the groove could reach deeper than that of the bristle itself. This would make it impossible for the bristle of a toothbrush to reach and clean the whole tooth on its own. Here are some of the dangers of not being able to reach the deep end of the fissure. 

  1. The bacteria that cause cavities will be reaching the deep end of the fissure.

  2. Plaque forms commonly at the groove.

  3. This is the most common plaque location in children.

Luckily, Dental sealants have been invented to protect the teeth from unwanted bacteria and germs that may cause tooth decay. These sealants are safe even without the presence of novacaine. Novacaine refers to an anaesthetic that is usually applied onto the teeth to cause numbness. Dental sealants are applied topically and are completely safe to use.

Dental sealants can be applied on the tooth surfaces to protect them from all the bacteria that can cause cavities. It has a much stronger protection rate because it seeps into the crevices of the teeth and adds to the strength of the teeth. Here are three steps on applying the sealant.

Application Steps:

  1. Apply the sealant after cleaning
  2. Let the teeth dry
  3. After the sealant has seeped into the teeth, the doctor can now subject it to blue light for it to solidify and harden.

Reminder:

It is best to do the procedure in the dental clinic to gain a professional perspective on the operation.

This will ensure that the sealed tooth is protected and the bacteria will never be able to attack the tooth. However, you must remember to keep the teeth clean at all times so that to not invite bacteria into your mouth.

In addition to this, the sealant can only protect the teeth up to a certain extent. It cannot prevent the bacteria from eventually attacking the teeth   if it is not properly maintained.

Protecting your child’s dental health is of utmost importance and if using sealants will ensure complete protection, you should never hesitate to use it. You should just keep in mind to ask your dentist about it before undergoing the procedure.

 

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