Are Dental Sealants Appropriate for Adults?

Are Dental Sealants Appropriate for Adults?

Dental sealants are a treatment that is typically associated with pediatric dentistry. It’s customary for dentists to apply sealants to the molars of children because this treatment can reduce the risk of tooth decay. However, dental sealants can also be a good treatment option for adult patients. Talk to your dentist to find out if you may be a good candidate for sealants.

Why You Might Get Dental Sealants

While children are at a higher risk of tooth decay, cavities can strike at any age. In fact, dental cavities are quite common among adults and seniors. Because of this, dental sealants can be an appropriate preventive treatment for adults. This is especially true for adults at a high risk of cavities. If you have a history of frequent tooth decay, are a frequent snacker, or have a diet high in refined carbohydrates, then dental sealants can give you some extra protection against tooth decay.

How Dental Sealants Work

Dental sealants are comprised of a thin layer of resin material. The resin is applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth. It then forms a protective layer that prevents food particles and bacteria from invading the nooks and crannies of the molars.

When to Get Dental Sealants

Dental sealants won’t last forever. Periodically, your dentist will need to reapply them to the chewing surfaces of your molars. In general, sealants last about 10 years.

What to Consider

Although dental sealants can be an effective way to reduce your risk of tooth decay, it’s important to realize that cavities can still develop. Sealants are not intended to be a replacement for proper oral hygiene. You’ll still need to brush at least twice daily, floss at least once daily, and schedule a comprehensive exam and cleaning every six months.

The Tucson dental office of John R. Carson, DDS offers comprehensive dental care for both children and adults, including dental sealants and other preventive services. To schedule an oral exam and cleaning, give us a call at (520) 514-7203. Dr. Carson also provides cosmetic dentistry services.