Not Just For Kids
Preventing tooth decay is just as important for adults as it is for children. While we tend to think that it’s only kids who get cavities, adults can get them too. Even if you brush twice a day and floss, bacteria in the mouth, frequent snacking, or drinking sugary drinks can lead to this common dental condition. There is a treatment, however, that adds a layer of protection that will help protect your teeth from harmful bacteria. Read more to find out about this procedure.
Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating that is painted onto the surface of your molars to prevent tooth decay. They form a protective shield over the enamel of the back teeth, which have grooves where food debris can get stuck. While sealants are not meant to be a substitute for regular brushing and flossing, they are a great supplement to your dental health regime.
The Dental Sealant Process
The dental sealant application process is simple and quick. First, the dentist will clean all the teeth that will be sealed. The teeth are then dried and an acidic gel is painted onto the teeth which is meant to help the sealant adhere to the tooth surface. The acid solution is then rinsed and the teeth are dried again. Finally, the sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel and a light is used to harden it.
The sealant treatment can help protect your teeth for up to 10 years. Children and adults alike enjoy the benefit of knowing that they have that extra layer of protection that helps them avoid needing fillings.
We are always looking out for you and your family’s dental health. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us. We look forward to seeing you at your next visit!