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Is There Ever a Bad Age for Dental Sealants?

Posted on 10/15/2019 by Water's Edge Dental
Is There Ever a Bad Age for Dental Sealants?Dental sealant is a thin layer of plastic that is painted on top of teeth in order to prevent their decay. It is often painted on the chewing surface of the teeth and is often painted on the teeth at the back of your mouth, on the molars and premolars. The sealant will bond to the tooth, setting easily into the grooves and depressions and forming a protective layer on top of the enamel that protects.

While it is certainly helpful to brush and floss your teeth regularly so as to remove plaque and food debris from the smooth surfaces of your teeth, it isn't always possible to reach all of the corners of your teeth to remove the plaque and food. That's where sealants come in, protecting those especially vulnerable areas of your tooth from decay by sealing them in and sealing out the plaque.

When is the right Age to get Dental Sealants?

The best candidates for dental sealants are children and teenagers because they face the highest likelihood of developing cavities in the grooves and depressions of their teeth.

The best candidates are children that have just got their molars and premolars. They should get sealants on their permanent teeth as soon as they appear. That way, the sealants can protect them from the age of 6 to the age of 14, when they are most prone to cavities.

Dental sealants can even be appropriate for milk teeth, also known as baby teeth. If the child's baby teeth have grooves and depressions, then they will do well with sealants. The baby teeth are quite crucial to setting up space for permanent teeth, so it's important not to lose them early before they form the correct spacing.Adults can also get dental sealants, so long as they do not have fillings or any kind of decay in their molars.

If you have a child or teenager, then you should consider bringing them into our office to get dental sealants. They will protect them from cavities and save a lot of toothaches in the future. You can also pop in for an exam to determine if your teeth are suitable for dental sealants.

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