Can Sealants Protect an Adult From Tooth Decay & Cavities?

December 29, 2019 9:43 pm Published by
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Sealants are often associated with pediatric dentistry because the earlier they are applied, the earlier they can start protecting teeth. However, adults can benefit just as much from sealants as kids! Sealants are a preventive dental treatment that offer an extra layer of protection against tooth decay, and who doesn’t want extra protection against cavities?

What Are Dental Sealants?

While thorough brushing and flossing is a very important part of the oral care routine, sometimes food particles and bacteria get wedged into the grooves on top of the teeth that are hard to reach with a toothbrush. When this happens, dental sealants act as a barrier to protect the tooth from being harmed.

Are Dental Sealants Expensive or Invasive?

Sealants are not always covered by insurance, but they are one of the more affordable out-of-pocket treatments you can get at the dentist. It’s also quite simple for your dentist to do, as they are essentially painting the sealant onto the tooth’s enamel, where it bonds to the surface of the teeth and hardens. It should only take a few minutes and it is totally painless.

Will Sealants Alter the Look or Feel of My Teeth?

It is unlikely that you will even be able to tell that they’re there at all. In fact, you may have some sealants left on your teeth from childhood! The clear coating is virtually undetectable to anyone who isn’t a trained dental professional.

How Long Do Sealants Last?

Dental sealants typically last for many years, but usually not for an entire lifetime. You don’t have to make any modifications to your diet or oral care routine, as sealants tend to stay put or wear off on their own terms. If you have sealants, your dentist will examine them during your routine check-ups and see if any reapplication is necessary. If you would like to learn more about sealants, contact us today!

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