Dental sealants are a thin protective layer of bio-compatible plastic material that is applied directly to your teeth. Sealants protect the enamel of your teeth against harmful bacteria and acid. The sealants can prevent plaque and bacteria buildup from hiding in the nooks and crannies of and between your teeth. Dental sealants are often used to protect children’s teeth, as children have a higher risk of developing cavities due to their less thorough hygiene and possible love for candy. Dental sealants can be appropriately used for adults, too. Some adults are susceptible to tooth decay due to genetics or health issues or their possible love for candy. 

Process for Sealants

The process for getting dental sealants on your teeth is straightforward. Your dentist will first thoroughly clean your teeth. Once your teeth are completely dry, a mild acidic gel is applied to the tooth. The gel acts like a mild abrasive to rough up the surface of the tooth to create a tighter bond between the tooth’s surface and the sealant. Imagine it like sanding a wooden surface before applying a clear varnish. The acidic gel is then removed, and the sealant is painted onto the teeth. Once the sealant has hardened, the teeth are ready to go. Dental sealants are not a free pass for poor oral hygiene or bad food and rink choices. Dental sealants are just another layer of protection to help defend your smile’s health.

Adults At High Risk

There are several things that can increase your risk for developing tooth decay. Certain people are genetically predisposed. Some medicines that people take can cause dry mouth, which may increase your risk for tooth decay. As people 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 poor diet, alcohol use, or cigarette smoking can increase our chances of dealing with tooth decay. Dental sealants can help protect patients at a high risk of tooth decay.

Dental sealants can help protect your smile.

Dental sealants are appropriate for adults and children. 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.