How Dental Sealants Can Improve an Adult's Oral Health

Although it is mostly children who get dental sealants put on their teeth, adults who do not have tooth decay can benefit from this procedure as well.

The main reason for getting dental sealants is to prevent the decay of teeth in the first place.

Although daily brushing and flossing can keep plaque from building up and causing tooth decay, the premolars and molars, which are also called the grinding teeth because they grind up your food, are hard to reach with a toothbrush and floss. These are the main teeth sealants are put on.

Who Should Get Dental Sealants?

Children who are just getting their teeth coming in should get dental sealants put into preventing tooth decay as they get older.

As children get older, between the ages of six and 14-years-old, they are more prone to cavities. Although it is mostly children who should get dental sealants placed on their teeth, those adults who don't already have tooth decay can benefit from it as well.

The Application Process of the Dental Sealants

Applying sealants to children, teenagers, and some adults is a painless and easy process for your dentist or hygienist. The first step is to clean each tooth that is getting the sealant applied to it, thoroughly. The dentist will then dry each tooth and use cotton on them to absorb any extra moisture.

The third step is to place an acid solution on each of the chewing surfaces of the teeth to be sealed to roughen them up and allow the sealant to bond to the teeth better.

Your dentist will then rinse and dry your teeth and then start to apply the sealant by painting it onto each chewing surface of each tooth that is being sealed. It is as straightforward and painless as this!

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