Brushing. Flossing. Regular checkups and cleanings. We hear these terms a lot because they are great ways for people to maintain good oral health. But sometimes, these preventive practices need a boost, especially in children who may consume more sugar throughout the day. One way your Mansfield, TX, dentists help protect their teeth from cavities is with dental sealants. But they are not just for children. Patients with dry mouth issues or orthodontic treatments that make it hard to clean the teeth also qualify for them. What are they? Let us find out. 

Dental Sealants Defined

First off, they are safe and there are no known side effects from them. They are thin, plastic coatings that are applied as a liquid gel to your back teeth. They help protect them from bacteria or to seal off a crevice or fissure. Back teeth, or molars, are often difficult to clean well due to their rough surfaces and uneven design. Bacteria love to live in them, but the barrier can help keep these cavity-causing agents at bay. In fact, studies have shown that they can reduce tooth decay risk in molars by as much as 80 percent. The Centers for Disease Control claims that those without them may get cavities three times more than those who do have them.   

What Is the Treatment Like?

During your appointment, we will listen to and answer any questions you have about your oral health. We will then examine your teeth for any signs of tooth decay. This may involve taking a digital x-ray or intraoral photo of your teeth, which we will show you so that we can explain what is going on. In order to apply the sealant, we will clean and dry the tooth, or teeth, that needs it. Then it will be carefully etched so that the barrier can be attached more easily. It is then placed on the tooth and a light will harden it. It should last from five to 10 years if properly cared for.

They Are Available For Anyone, Yes?

That is correct. Both adults and children may qualify for them. And the earlier one gets them in life, the more one may benefit from them. For example, at age 6 are when a child’s first back teeth appear, with the second set coming in around age 12. Starting cavity prevention early could help you save time and money during your child’s lifetime. 

Schedule An Appointment With Us For A Sealant

If you are concerned about cavity prevention for you or your child, then dental sealants may be the answer. We can help with any questions or concerns you have. If you would like to schedule a consultation, then call Mansfield Dental Associates at 817-473-6227.