Sealants aren’t just for kids, though. Adults can also benefit from sealants. This is especially true for older adults and those who take certain medications, since both these factors decrease the amount of saliva in the mouth. Saliva helps reduce tooth decay., Sealants can also benefit adults whose molars have deep pits and grooves that often trap bacteria and food particles. Ask your dentist if you could benefit from sealants. Keep in mind that sealants do not work on dental implants or restorations.
To apply dental sealants, our dentist first cleans and dries the teeth before painting the liquid sealant over the chewing surface of each molar. The sealant is then dried with a special light. As the sealant dries, it creates a smoother surface that promotes easier brushing and lessens the risk of dental cavities. Dental sealants are clear or tooth-colored to blend in with your natural smile. Sealants can be placed over cavities, but your dentist will need to monitor the tooth on a regular basis to make sure no further damage is occurring.
Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as they come in. This allows the teeth to be protected through the ages 6 to 14, when teeth are most prone to cavities. Sealants can last up to10 years with proper care. However, they can wear out and chip before then, so they should be checked at every dentist visit.
Sealants are safe to use and the process is painless. They have been used for the past 40 years with no issues. There have been no reported adverse reactions to dental sealants.
Sealants help the teeth stay intact. They are also very effective. Statistics show that school-aged children without sealants have, on average, three times more cavities than children who do have sealants.
Sealants are a great option for keeping your child’s teeth healthy. If you are concerned about your and your family’s oral health and would like to learn more about dental sealants visit Arlington Dental Excellance, Virginia, we invite you to. Call (703) 420-3253 today to schedule a visit to our office. Your dental insurance will likely cover sealants for your children. Confirm your insurance coverage today.