Dental sealants are an extra step you can take to fight cavities that appear on the back teeth, which are also known as the molars an premolars, These teeth are designed to chew your food to make it easier to swallow and digest. To do this, they come equipped with ridges and fissures, which are known as cusps, While the cusps help your teeth to process your food, they also present new places for bacteria and plaque to hide, which can lead to cavities.
Dental sealants are a thin layer of plastic applied to the back teeth, which shields the tooth enamel from plaque and bacteria. Sealants are most effective when they are applied as soon as the molars and premolars erupt. This is also the time in a child’s life when they are most prone to cavities. However, If an older child or an adult is at a heightened risk for cavities, or their back teeth are in good condition, they may also be a good candidate for sealants.
Sealants can last for ten years, although over time, they can be worn down. The dentist will examine the seals during the regular appointment to see if another coat needs to be applied. It is important to remember that dental sealants are only applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars. So, even if a patient has sealants, they still need to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day to ensure a healthy smile.
If your child is ready or dental sealants, our dentist, Dr. Scott Fellows will be happy to help. If you live in the Pottsville, Pennsylvania area and would like to make an appointment at Fellows and Smink Dental Associates, call 570-622-0331 today. We look forward to starting your child on the road to a strong and healthy smile!