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.