Guard Against Cavities With Dental Sealants
Dental sealants help protect your teeth in the moments when brushing and flossing can’t. A sealant is simply a thin coating on molars, premolars and any fissures/pits in your teeth. With the minuscule piece of plastic in place, your teeth are protected in any situation.
Why Are Sealants a Great Idea?
Your dentist applies the sealant because over 75 percent of tooth decay starts in the deeper grooves of your teeth. Brushing, flossing and rinsing regularly help you maintain great oral health, but bits of plaque and tarter can hide away in the grooves of your molars and premolars.
With sealants in place, you don’t have to worry about reaching every nook and cranny of your back teeth. The thin plastic protects the vulnerabilities in these areas, making your overall oral care routine more effective.
Who Should Have Dental Sealants?
If you ask our dentist, everyone should have sealants. Why?
- Adults: If you have a history of gum disease or frequently forget to floss, sealants will help you protect your teeth. Even if you don’t have tooth decay, sealants protect you from future issues.
- Kids and Teens: One of the most cavity prone populations are kids between the ages of 6 and 16. As soon as those permanent teeth come in, protect them with a sealant to augment your child’s oral care routine.
- Infants: Sometimes baby teeth have grooves or depressions that must be protected. Though these teeth aren’t permanent, they are important for maintaining proper spacing for adult teeth.
How Are Sealants Placed?
Our dentist will place your dental sealants using this process:
- Clean target teeth
- Dry teeth
- Place absorbent material around tooth to keep it dry
- Special acid is used to prep the tooth for sealant
- Rinse and dry teeth
- Sealant is placed directly on tooth
- Curing light may be used to help the sealant harden
How Long Do They Last?
Your sealants can be expected to last up to 10 years, but you’ll need to visit your dentist regularly to check for any chips or other wear and tear. If necessary, your sealants can be easily touched up or replaced to continue adequate and full protection of your teeth.
Serving Fort Washington, Oreland, Ambler, Dresher & Surrounding
When you come to Harmony Dental Health conveniently located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, we’ll be happy to discuss your sealant options and what is best for you. To make an appointment that fits your schedule, give us a call at 215.643.0363 or fill out our quick contact form.