Any patient that suffers from excessive plaque and tartar buildup or frequent cavities should consider dental sealants. They are extremely cost-effective, simple to apply, and are highly effective for preventing tooth decay. Dental sealants prevent food particles from settling on and in the grooves of your teeth, which can prevent bacteria growth and protect you from a number of dental health issues. For more information on dental sealants, read our handy guide below.
What are the benefits of dental sealants?
As you eat and drink, food particles can settle into the grooves of your teeth where they breed bacteria that can cause a number of health issues, including tooth decay that leads to cavities. Dental sealants protect your teeth from these bacteria-breeding particles and prevent damage that can be caused by everyday use.
What is involved in a dental sealant application?
The application of a dental sealant is incredibly simple. After performing a thorough examination and cleaning your teeth, your dentist will apply a gel to the chewing surfaces of your teeth. The gel will be allowed to sit for a few moments, and then washed off. Once your teeth are dried, your dentist will apply the clear sealant to your teeth by painting it on and allow it to harden. A dental sealant is incredibly durable and will last between five to 10 years, on average.
Who can benefit from having a dental sealant applied?
Once your full set of permanent teeth is in, you can benefit from having a dental sealant applied. This typically includes anyone from the age of six. Children should have the sealant applied as soon as their molars have broken through the gums. While dental sealants aren’t a replacement for regular dental hygiene practices and preventive care, sealants can help ensure your teeth stay healthy and strong for the foreseeable future.
For more information on dental sealants and how you might benefit from their application, call Manhattan Beach Dental Center today at 310-376-0482 to schedule a consultation. Our caring and professional staff will be happy to answer any questions you might have.