While your molars are the teeth you use most to chew, they are also the ones that house the most leftover particles and cavity-causing bacteria. Fortunately, there is a great dental hygiene tool for these teeth to supplement your brushing and flossing. Sealants will help to seal out tooth decay from molars.
How Are Sealants Applied?
The application process of sealants is simple, quick, pain-free, and completed in a single dental visit. The sealants themselves come in the form of thin, plastic coatings that are painted onto the chewing surfaces of your teeth. The coating acts as a shield for your enamel and effectively prevents decay of your teeth. In fact, the risk of tooth decay is reduced by almost 80% in molars once sealants are applied.
Are Sealants for Everyone?
Because children and teenagers are at the highest risk of developing cavities, they are the best candidates for sealants. A child is most cavity-prone from ages 6 to 14. Therefore, parents should try to take their children to the dentist for sealants once permanent teeth come in order to best protect their teeth during this time. However, children are not the only ones that can benefit from sealants. Adults that do not have fillings or tooth decay in their molars can also take advantage of sealants.
Although sealants will never be a substitute for brushing and flossing, they are a safe and highly-effective way to keep your smile cavity-free. To start reaping the benefits of sealants for yourself or your children, contact our skilled, friendly dental team at Family & Implant Dentistry of Boynton Beach to schedule an appointment today.