Dental sealants are a thin protective layer of biocompatible material applied directly to your teeth. The sealant protects the enamel of your teeth from harmful bacteria and acid. The sealants can cover nooks and crannies created by the surface of the teeth preventing plaque and bacteria buildup from eroding the enamel. Dental sealants are often used on children’s teeth, as they are higher risk of developing cavities due to their less thorough hygiene and possible candy habits. Are dental sealants appropriate for adults? The short answer is yes. Some adults that are susceptible to tooth decay due to genetics or health issues may get a recommendation from their dentist for dental sealants.
What To Expect
The process for getting dental sealants is fairly straightforward. First, your dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth. Once the teeth are completely dry, a mild acidic gel is applied to the tooth. The gel will slightly roughen up the surface of the tooth to create a tight bond between the tooth’s surface and the sealant. Think of sanding a wooden surface before applying a clear varnish. The gel will be removed before the sealant is applied. Once the sealant is hardened, the teeth will be protected and ready to go. Dental sealants are not a free pass for poor oral hygiene or bad food/drink choices, but they are a helpful line of defense, especially those with a higher risk of developing tooth decay.
High Risk For Tooth Decay
Certain people are genetically predisposed for chronic tooth decay. Some medicine may cause dry mouth, which may increase your risk for tooth decay. As we age, the enamel may wear down and our mouths may begin to get drier, which means tooth decay may increase as we get older. Lifestyle choices such as diet, alcohol, or cigarette smoking, may increase our chances of dealing with tooth decay. Patients at a higher risk should consider dental sealants as a way to even out the odds and protect their teeth.
Talk to Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris about dental sealants
Dental sealants are appropriate for adults. Schedule a consultation at Mansfield Dental Associates by calling 817-473-6227. Located in Mansfield, TX, we also welcome patients and families from all surrounding communities including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.