Dental sealants for adults
At Dallas Laser Dentistry of Dallas, Texas, Drs. Mary Swift and Morgan Petty work with patients in the community to provide them with preventative solutions to improve and maintain healthy smiles. This includes certain proactive steps, such as the application of dental sealants. Dental sealants are an excellent way for patients of all ages to reduce the risk of cavities, especially in the deep grooves of the molars near the back of the smile.
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants sometimes referred to as cavity sealants, are a way of protecting the smile from tooth decay. Sealants are typically applied to the back teeth, where decay is most likely. The sealant material is a plastic resin that bonds to the tooth enamel, creating a protective barrier that keeps out bacteria and food particles from the rough surfaces of the molars in the back of the smile.
Are dental sealants safe?
Yes, dental sealants are considered safe for both children and adults. The American Dental Association (ADA) has approved dental sealants, deeming them an effective way to prevent tooth decay in addition to proper home health care, including brushing and flossing after meals. Patients should also visit their dentist regularly for a cleaning and evaluation, typically every six months.
Can dental sealants be used for adults?
Sealants are usually administered onto children’s teeth as a preventative step towards a healthy smile, but they can also be used on adult teeth. Adults with deep grooves in their molars (called fissures) may also benefit from dental sealants. Dental sealants for adults and kids can be an essential part of keeping your teeth healthy as you age. Sealants are thin, plastic-like coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. They act as a barrier, protecting your teeth from the harmful bacteria and acid that can cause cavities.
Should I be sealing teeth to prevent cavities?
If you have never had sealants before, or if it has been many years since you had them applied, talk to your dentist about whether they are right for you. Your dentist will be able to assess your risks for cavities and recommend the best way to protect your teeth. Call 469 838 5292 to request an appointment at 7557 Rambler Road, Suite #1023.