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When Do Adults Need Dental Sealants?

Posted on 8/10/2020 by Water's Edge Dental
When Do Adults Need Dental Sealants?It is common for children to require dental sealants, to help protect them against tooth decay. Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of teeth. This sealant then works at preventing tooth decay, especially for hard to reach areas. Dental sealant quickly bonds to the teeth via the grooves, to form a protective shield.

When You May Need Protection

In adults, brushing and flossing teeth regularly may not be enough to remove all food particles, resulting in unclean teeth. Not all teeth are able to be reached, leading to food being stuck in nooks of teeth, especially back teeth.

If you are struggling to reach all your teeth when brushing and flossing, you may benefit from having dental sealant. Dental sealant will protect the teeth that are at risk of tooth decay through improper oral care.

How Is Dental Sealant Applied?

Dental sealant takes a few short minutes to apply and is completely pain-free. Our team will apply a sealant to each tooth that requires protective covering, but before this can be done, your teeth need to be cleaned.

After having a teeth cleaning, our team will dry them and then apply an acid solution onto the surfaces. This solution roughens the teeth up so that the sealant bonds perfectly to the teeth. Your teeth are then rinsed and dried again before sealant is applied onto the enamel. Dental sealant will work at protecting your teeth for around 10 years, however it will be checked during your regular dental visits to ensure it hasn't been chipped or worn away.

Overall, dental sealants are beneficial for adults wanting to protect their back teeth or any teeth they find awkward to keep clean. Adults who have not experienced tooth decay or had fillings fitted, can benefit from dental sealants. To find out more, contact our office today.

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