Can dental sealants be used for adults?

2013.01.29

Are dental sealants only for children? I have read several articles about them and it seems like they are for kids. – Thanks Monica from Cleveland

Monica – Dental sealants are frequently used on children’s and teenager’s teeth, but adults can benefit from them.

Sealants are more frequently used on children’s teeth, because children are more likely to develop cavities. Their brushing and flossing habits may not be as thorough as that of an adult, and a sealant will help prevent tooth decay.

Sometimes brushing and flossing teeth are not enough. Some people have teeth with very deep depressions and grooves, where food can easily get trapped. Dental sealants seal off the teeth and keep food and plaque out.

A sealant is a thin coating of plastic that is brushed on the chewing surface of your teeth. Often a light is shined on the sealant to harden it. A sealant blends in with your teeth and can last for years before it needs to be re-applied.

If you frequently get cavities, ask your dentist if your teeth might benefit from dental sealants.

This post is sponsored by Lowell cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.

Bleeding gums

2013.01.23

There are several reasons that your gums might bleed. A new flossing routing can cause your gums to bleed until they adjust to the routine. Aggressive tooth brushing might be the problem.

Gingivitis, the beginning stage of periodontal disease, can also cause your gums to bleed. You might notice this when you brush your teeth, even if you don’t brush them aggressively. If you don’t floss, or if you have teeth that are difficult to floss, plaque can build up and make gums swell and bleed. People with a dental bridge should take extra care to floss around and beneath the bridge to keep food from getting trapped and irritating the gums.

Pregnancy gingivitis results from hormonal changes during pregnancy and can cause gums to swell and bleed. Also, certain medications, such as blood thinners can make gums bleed.

If your gums are persistently bleeding, make an appointment with your dentist. Early detection of a problem can make treatment easier.

This post is sponsored by Lowell cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.