Dental sealants are a thin acrylic coating that adds a protective layer to a tooth. Some people’s molars have deep pits and grooves that are nearly impossible for a toothbrush to clean properly because bristles cannot reach the area. Even someone with the most fastidious oral hygiene routine may still run into issues since they can’t clean that area.
Sealants block food, bacteria, and plaque from getting in those areas. This helps to stop decay and cavities from forming. Dental sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by about 80%! The Center for Disease Control also shows that children without dental sealants are actually 3 times more likely to get a cavity, in particular, due to the already thin nature of children’s enamel. The earlier, the better, but it is never too late to get sealants.
Many people associate dental sealants with children. While, yes, dental sealants are especially helpful for children, they can be beneficial for people of all ages. Prone to cavities? Have weak enamel? Have a sweet tooth? You can benefit from sealants!
Additionally, sealants can be used to halt the decay process. When these small spots of decay are treated, they can have sealant applied to them, so your dentist can check on the progress of that area but still keep the area safe from the decay spreading.
This small and simple treatment can make a huge difference to your oral health. It can also prevent future issues from occurring, meaning you can save a lot of money by not having to get future dental work.