Dental sealants aren’t necessary for everyone. Your dentist will determine if you need sealants based on several factors, including if you are more prone to cavities based on the structure of your teeth. Getting sealants is quick, painless and can be done during a routine dental exam. Modern Family Dental Care is dedicated to your oral health, and can advise if sealants are something you should consider for you or a family member.
What are sealants?
Dental sealants are used to fill pits in a person’s teeth and prevent tooth decay. A sealant is a coating applied to a person’s molars and ofter premolars using a brush. The coating bonds and forms a protective shield that “seals out” plaque and food particles. Brushing and flossing serves as a great defense against plaque and food build up. However, it is difficult to remove all particles from your teeth, especially in the back of your mouth.
Why do I need sealants?
Dental sealants provide an extra form of protection from decay and cavities. Sealants are long-lasting and can prevent future oral problems.
- Saves money. Dental sealants tend to be cheaper, and less painful, than having a cavity treated.
- Promotes health. Dental sealants reduce cavities by 86 percent. Cavities left untreated can lead to tooth decay, and ultimately tooth extraction.
- Long-lasting. Dental sealants are applied once a child has his or her permanent teeth. During routine exams, your dentist will look to ensure sealants are in good shape. If sealants become worn or chipped a dental professional can repair the sealant easily by applying more sealant material.
Why Modern Family Dental Care
Our Charlotte and Concord dentists at Modern Family Dental Care are here to advise if sealants are an option for you to help prevent future cavities. Contact us today if you have questions about dental sealants or our other services.
1) How long do dental sealants last?
The lifespan of dental sealants varies, but they can last for up to 10 years. Your dentist will regularly check your sealants to ensure they have not worn away or chipped.
2) At what age should I get sealants?
Children and teenagers are more likely to develop decay, making them the best candidates for sealants. However, adults can also benefit from dental sealants.
3) Are there any precautions I need to take after getting dental sealants?
No. You can drink and eat as normal after getting sealants. It’s important to continue daily oral hygiene to prevent plaque buildup and decay.