Proper oral hygiene with brushing and flossing is your best defense against tooth decay, but it never hurts to have extra protection. Dental sealants provide you with just that; an extra layer of protection. Dental sealants are recommended for children and adults to protect back teeth and molars from decay.
What are Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are made of plastic material that can be painted onto the surface of teeth. The thin layer of plastic provides a protective shield on top of the tooth’s enamel. These sealants can last years, but it is best to have them inspected at your biannual dental appointments. Your dentist can check the strength of the sealant to ensure that it is protecting your precious teeth.
According to the American Dental Association, “sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars.” Dental sealants are most commonly applied to the back teeth and dental molars. Back teeth and molars are arguably the most susceptible to cavity and tooth decay for two reasons:
Most chewing is done with the back teeth
Molars are rough and uneven
Frequent exposure to acidic foods and bacteria makes the back teeth and molars the most susceptible to tooth decay. The uneven surfaces don’t help, either. Foods and bacteria are easily trapped in the nooks and crannies just waiting to cause cavities. Brushing and flossing is definitely the best thing you can do for your teeth, but dental sealants will put you over the top.
Sealants for Kiddos
When it comes to dental sealants, the earlier they can be applied, the better. That’s why most dentists will recommend that you consider sealants for your child as early as age six. This is when the first set of molars begin to cut through. Getting sealants so young can protect those teeth before they even have a chance to decay.
Eagle Rock Dental Care understands the importance of your family’s oral health. Let us be your go to for dental sealants and all of your other dental needs. Contact us today with any questions or concerns. And don’t forget, you can always request your appointment online for even more convenience.