Dental sealants are plastic that covers the chewing surface of the tooth. The sealants act as a barrier that helps to prevent cavities and tooth decay.
They are commonly associated with children and young adults to help counterbalance the negative impacts of poor diet or irregular oral hygiene habits. Although they are most often used for children the truth is that everyone can benefit from dental sealants and here is why.
How they Work Dental sealants are applied using what is called an acidic gel. The gel first roughs up the area of the tooth where the sealant will be applied. This helps it to stick to your teeth better. After that, the gel is rinsed, and the teeth are dried. Then the sealant is applied to the tooth and blue light is used to harden it. The sealant forms a barrier that prevents foods from getting stuck to and building upon the teeth, therefore, leaving no place for the bacteria to grow.
The Benefits of Dental Sealants
Dental sealants can help to protect people of any age. It reduces the need to be as diligent while brushing and also reduces the chance of getting a cavity. They are a great form of preventative maintenance and despite the initial cost of the procedure, they could save you a lot of money in the long run. Dental sealants generally need to be replaced every ten years, so there is quite a bit of bang for your buck.
Although the sealants will reduce the likelihood of getting a cavity or suffering from tooth decay, it does not mean that you should slack on your normal oral hygiene routine. The best way to prevent dental issues is to brush twice daily, floss once, and rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash at least once a day. If you are interested in getting a dental sealant, call our office today. We would be happy to schedule a consultation where we can discuss the benefits of getting your teeth sealed today.