Dental sealants are a quick, easy, and relatively cheap solution for preventing cavities.
We know that getting to the crevices in the back molars and premolars is nearly impossible for little, untrained hands and sometimes even for adults! Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. It is difficult for your toothbrush to get between the small cracks and grooves on your teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are plastic resins that bond and harden in the deep grooves on a tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective. Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth after their permanent teeth have erupted to prevent tooth decay. However, adults can also receive sealants on healthy teeth. It is more common to seal permanent teeth rather than baby teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and your dentist will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.
Who Needs Dental Sealants?
Kids, more than adults, tend to be the main recipients of dental sealants as they are notoriously bad brushers and tend to ignore problem areas in the back of the mouth that lead to cavities and decay. However, sealants can be used on adults if they have dental problems that can be cured with sealants.
The American Dental Association recommends that kids receive dental sealants as soon as their adult teeth erupt.
How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?
Sealants typically last from three to five years, although it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your sealants come off, let us know, and schedule an appointment for your teeth to be re-sealed. Issaquah Dental Health can include sealants in your child’s dental plan. Sealants are a noninvasive, preventive tooth-decay treatment that protects teeth and keeps them healthy while they mature and strengthen.
What Is The Procedure For Dental Sealants?
The procedure for applying sealants is simple, painless, fast, and takes only one visit.
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