An overview of Adult Sealants

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Blog Highlights:

  • Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are painted on your teeth’s chewing surfaces so that they get more protection
  • Your teeth’s fissures and pits are very hard to clean and this is a hot spot for bacteria and for cavities
  • Sealants can also be used on baby teeth so that they will not get lost too early
  • Adults need to have sealants so that they can have an additional layer of protection against cavities for the next 10 years

Dental sealants for adults are thin plastic coatings that are painted on the chewing surfaces of your teeth. They are commonly used for the back teeth, or for the molars and premolars. As they are applied on the chewing surfaces, they bond with different grooves and contours of your teeth. This allows the sealant to create a protective layer that will help keep bacteria away from hard to clean areas.

A lot of us wants to have great-looking teeth, unfortunately, tooth brushing and flossing are oftentimes not enough to keep tooth decay or other oral problems away. This is because many of the harmful oral bacteria will thrive in the many fissures or pits on your teeth’s surface. In most cases, these areas are inaccessible to your toothbrush. And although mouthwashes can penetrate deep into your teeth’s fissures, rinses might just not be enough to remove them especially if they have begun to form plaques or tartar.

Sealants on the other hand, are not designed to treat cavities. Instead, it is designed to help protect your teeth’s fissures and pits so that bacteria will not be able to go into them. The primary use of sealants is to help add another layer of protection to children’s permanent teeth. However, it can also be used on teenagers and adults who need to improve their teeth’s defense against cavities or tooth decay.

Sealants can also be used on baby teeth. This is because it is very important for children not to lose their baby teeth too early so that their permanent teeth will be able to grow in the right position and with the proper spacing. It cannot be used on teeth that have fillings.

Sealants are very simple and easy to apply, as a matter of fact, experienced dental professionals highly recommend that you and your family get sealants so all of you can better avoid serious oral problems later on. It will take only a couple of minutes for the dentist to apply sealants on the chewing surfaces of your teeth. As soon as it is finished, your teeth will be protected for as long as 10 years.

Adults should get dental sealants while their teeth are in good condition. This will help ensure that their teeth, especially their molars and premolars will now have a better chance of lasting for a lifetime.