Should You Consider Dental Sealants?

Should You Consider Dental Sealants?

During a dental checkup, especially for children, your dentist may recommend dental sealants. Sealants reduce the risk of tooth decay, helping to prevent cavities and subsequently reduce the need for fillings and root canals. Although sealants were once only recommended for children, more and more adults are now getting them as well. Could dental sealants be right for you? Here is what you need to know. 

What exactly are sealants?

Sealants are thin, plastic shields that are painted on the surfaces of your teeth. As the name suggests, they “seal” your teeth to prevent food and bacteria from getting trapped in the crevices of your teeth. The sealant material bonds to your tooth enamel tightly, so you don’t have to worry about it sliding off or moving. Sealants are typically applied to back teeth, which are more difficult to brush and floss effectively. 

Who is a good candidate for dental sealants?

Most people can safely get sealants, but the earlier you get them, the better. Dentists recommend that people get sealants as soon as possible after the molars come in. Generally, the first set of molars come in around age 6, with the second set appearing around age 12. Getting sealants as soon as the molars come in offers the best level of protection. However, you can get sealants at any age. 

Could sealants be part of your plan to maintain good oral health? Make an appointment with John R. Carson, DDS to find out if sealants are right for you. Schedule a visit to our dental office in Tucson by dialing (520) 514-7203.