Both Children and Adults Can Seal Out Tooth Decay
While regular brushing and flossing are essential to having clean teeth, it can be difficult to reach all of the places where bacteria and food remnants tend to remain. The molars and premolars, in particular, can be difficult to clean properly.
Dental sealants can be used in conjunction with your brushing and flossing routine. The sealant is a durable coating of thin, specially made plastic or dental material that is used on the surfaces of the teeth that are vulnerable to cavities, such as the groovy surfaces of teeth in the back of your mouth. While sealants are typically recommended for children, adults can benefit from them, too!
The Application Process
After your teeth have been cleaned and dried, a gel is applied to the tooth to create a roughened surface to which the sealant will bond. The sealant is applied to the grooves and valleys of each tooth being treated. A blue curing light is then used to harden the sealant.
Dental sealants can be applied to perfectly healthy teeth or to teeth in the early stages of decay to prevent further deterioration. They can last for many years before you have to receive a new application. Regular visits to the dentist will help ensure that sealants are working as they should and that they are reapplied as needed.
Who Should Use Sealants?
Both children and adults can benefit from using sealants. If you have teeth that are prone to developing cavities or would just like to add a layer of protection to your teeth, dental sealants can help.
The Advantages of Using Sealants Early
Dental sealants are excellent dental tools that can be used as soon as molars and premolars begin appearing. The benefits of the early use of dental sealants include:
- Having a preventive maintenance tool in your oral care routine that can help prevent decay
- Being able to save money on corrective treatment need to repair damage caused by cavities
Are you interested in having dental sealants applied to your teeth? Contact us at Great Lakes Dental Arts today and schedule an appointment. We provide sealant services for both children and adults.