A dental sealant is a layer of resin applied to the nooks and crannies of the teeth, most commonly the molars. The purpose of applying a dental sealant to a tooth is to protect the tooth from developing cavities (also known as dental caries). Your dentist might recommend dental sealants if you are prone to frequent cavities.
While the sealants are not a replacement for good oral hygiene habits like brushing after each meal and flossing every day, it can be difficult to reach all the fissures of the teeth. Even the most diligent of self-care may lead to missing a few spots. Over time, this can lead to plaque build-up, tartar formation, and cavities.
A dental sealant is a layer of resin applied to the nooks and crannies of the teeth, most commonly the molars.
Dental sealants are often recommended for children. Even with parental supervision during brushing, kids can miss the more hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. Cavity formation in the grooves of the teeth can begin early in life. Dental sealants protect the teeth while the child grows.
However, sealants are not just for kids. Teens and adults can also benefit from an extra layer of protection for their teeth. Toothbrush bristles are too thick to get into some of the deeper grooves in the molars, no matter how old the patient is.
Once the sealant is applied, it should last for many years. You will eventually need to have it reapplied to maintain the right level of protection. Routine dental visits will allow your dentist to check on the state of your sealants periodically. The application of a sealant causes no discomfort and can be done in a single visit.
To learn more about dental sealants and to schedule your next exam, contact the Arlington TX office of Dr. Daniel Bush today.