Children’s teeth and adults’ teeth alike can benefit from dental sealants, which are an aspect of preventative dentistry that helps to fend off infection and decay. As the name suggests, the sealant forms a protective barrier around an individual tooth, making it more difficult for bacteria to penetrate the enamel. In the video below, dentist Mark Teach describes how dental sealant benefits children as well as adults in maintaining proper oral hygiene.
How Dental Sealant Benefits Your Teeth
Dental sealant is a plastic coating that is usually placed on the posterior teeth, that is, the teeth in the back of the mouth. Those teeth have deep grooves and fissures, and when the sealant covers those areas of the teeth, it prevents the bacteria from getting in and causing decay. We prefer to seal the teeth as soon as they erupt (grow in), so sealants are often performed around age six, just after the baby teeth start to fall out, and again at age twelve, when the molars erupt.
Sometimes adults may need sealants; as time goes on, these grooves in the teeth start to become sticky, and a dentist can arrest the process of decay by placing a sealant. Our office has placed sealants that last up to 30 years. Regardless of age, though, coating teeth in dental sealants is a beneficial procedure.
Do you have questions about dental sealant benefits for children and adults? Contact us today, and let our family take care of yours!
Teach Dental Group is a multi-generational, family oriented dental practice based in Buffalo. Our Buffalo Dentists are born and raised in Buffalo, and have been serving the Western New York community we know and love for decades.