Cavities are one of the chief dental ailments both children and adults are likely to experience. At Advanced Dental of Westport, CT a dental clinic in Westport, CT, we want to prevent cavities and other issues like tooth decay. This is why we offer dental sealants to our patients regardless of age or background.
A dental sealant is a thin, clear coating of plastic that is painted onto the back molars. The plastic is safe for children and adults alike and provides a protective seal for the teeth so that plaque never makes contact with the enamel. Without contact, plaque cannot wear down the teeth and cause issues like cavities and decay, allowing recipients to avoid the negative results of poor oral hygiene.
Dental sealants are applied to the teeth as a liquid. This allows the material to enter the various nooks and crannies that make up the shape of the teeth. After a few minutes, the plastic hardens, and the treatment is complete.
Dental sealants are capable of lasting for ten years, although the material can wear thin during this time. At any point, patients can request a new layer of sealant to ensure they are still receiving the protection and benefits of the treatment. Our dentist will examine the teeth during each visit to see if there are any holes in the layer of sealant that need to be filled.
At Advanced Dental of Westport, CT, we believe everyone should be able to benefit from preventive dentistry. We, therefore, offer sealants to patients of all ages, including elders and adults. The American Dental Association (ADA) primarily recommends dental sealants for children between the ages of 6 and 14. At this point in life, many children are expected to manage their own oral hygiene but are likely to make mistakes or skip brushing their teeth. A layer of sealant can be an excellent way to ensure your children continue to have healthy teeth even if they make mistakes.