We often hear that brushing and flossing are the best ways to protect our teeth from decay; however, for many of us brushing and flossing alone do not provide enough preventative care to deter cavities and plaque. When deep ridges or grooves are naturally in the teeth, we cannot expect simple brushing and flossing to be adequate. Dental sealants are most effective at protecting the most decay-susceptible areas of the teeth.
A dental sealant can be provided by Dr. McClatchie’s team in just one short visit, and can even be done during a routine cleaning appointment. During the procedure, a dental assistant will paint on a thin plastic coating to clean teeth in need of extra protection. The sealant dries quickly, and you can resume normal activity following the appointment. The thin plastic coating keeps the underlying teeth safe, while preventing food and drink from penetrating the enamel. The protection of sealants can last up to ten years, and Dr. McClatchie will continue to check for any chips or wear at your regular dental appointments to ensure effective adherence.
Dental sealants can be an effective preventative solution for patients of all ages. Dental sealants are often recommended for children when they are most cavity-prone: between the ages of six and fourteen. Protecting children’s teeth, specifically the molars and premolars, with sealants can support a lifetime of dental health. Dental sealants are also an effective choice for adults with significant grooves or ridges in their teeth. Despite practicing good oral hygiene, people with these kinds of teeth are far more susceptible to decay and damage. Keeping up with dental sealants is the best way to ensure adults keep their natural teeth for as long as possible.
If you think you or your child may be a strong candidate for dental sealants, call us today. We can make an appointment for the application or include it with your next scheduled cleaning appointment.