Here at Belknap Dental Associates, we’re passionate about preventive dentistry. We know that it’s easier to avoid a problem than it is to treat it. When it comes to preventing dental caries or cavities, you can never go wrong with dental sealants.
Dental sealants keep cavities at bay by providing a protective barrier that keeps out food debris, cavity-causing acids as well as plaque, and tartar. Sealants are usually recommended for children and teens, as these ages are usually prone to tooth decay. Adults, too, can get dental sealants, provided the teeth don’t have fillings or active cavities.
The back teeth, also called the molars, are highly prone to cavities because of their deep grooves. Even with diligent brushing, it’s still possible to miss some of the food particles that often get stuck in these grooves. When applied to the back teeth, sealants—thin plastic or resin coatings—ensure complete protection against cavities.
Ideally, children should get sealants on their molars and premolars as soon as they come in, usually around age 6.
The sealant treatment process starts with a thorough dental examination & cleaning, during which our dentists in Dover check for cavities and other dental issues. Next, the dentist cleans the teeth to remove surface dirt and food debris. What follows after this is the etching or conditioning of the teeth surface to allow for easy adherence to the sealant material.
Finally, the dentist applies the dental sealant material and allows it to dry. Dental sealants guard the treated teeth against corrosion by the acid produced during bacterial activity in the oral cavity. We advise patients to continue to prioritize dental hygiene even after getting their teeth treated using dental sealants.
Sealants have an impressive lifespan of up to 10 years. Since the effectiveness of sealants decreases as they become worn over the years, re-application may be necessary to ensure continued protection.
When combined with good oral health habits, sealants offer ultimate protection against cavities.
Contact Belknap Dental Associates today if you’re looking for a reputable dental practice that offers dental sealants near you.