Tooth decay is very common, with nearly 98% of the population at risk of developing them. Without treatment, cavities have been linked to serious discomfort, as well as a greater risk of infection and premature tooth loss in adults and children. Fortunately, we can help protect your smile with a dental sealant.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Sealants
Question: Can these help children?
Answer: Yes! They are a plastic coating that we can apply to the rear teeth. For children, these teeth are often difficult to reach when brushing and flossing their teeth. The coating them prevents food form becoming stuck between teeth, reducing the risk of cavities forming. This treatment also helps children with braces, as orthodontics can sometimes make cleaning the teeth with a toothbrush or floss more difficult.
Question: What if I have dry mouth?
Answer: Xerostomia, also known as dry mouth, can be a serious oral health concern for adults. Without saliva, your body can’t help cleanse bacteria and food particles form your mouth, making the onset of tooth decay more likely. However, dental sealants can help prevent food from becoming stuck between the back teeth of people with dry mouth, helping safeguard their smiles.
Question: How do you apply them?
Answer: We will clean the teeth receiving them and then thoroughly dry them. Next, we will gently etch the teeth, which helps the sealants remain in place until they dry. A curing light is then used to dry the sealant material. The entire procedure takes just one visit!
Question: How long do they last?
Answer: On average, they last between five and ten years. They won’t need to be removed, as they naturally wear away with time. If you have any questions about our preventive treatments, the please contact our office today.
Do You Need Preventive Care?
Schedule a consultation at Mansfield Dental Associates by calling 817-473-6227. We can discuss preventive treatments to safeguard your smile against tooth decay. 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.