Tooth decay is a widespread problem affecting most children and adults. Decay occurs when food and plaque build up in the mouth. Then the enzymes in the mouth wear away at the protective enamel on your tooth. As decay progresses, it may cause cavities to form. Severe decay may even reach the sensitive pulp inside the tooth.
There are many ways to protect against tooth decay including good oral hygiene, healthy lifestyle, and regular dental cleanings. For some patients, dental sealants are another option for protecting teeth from decay. Let’s take a look at what dental sealants are and whether they may be right for you:
What is A Dental Sealant?
A dental sealant is a coating that your dentist can paint onto your teeth to provide long-lasting extra protection from decay. This is an easy in-office procedure that can be completed quickly. Sealants can last up to ten years and provide a protective layer to prevent the plaque build that leads to enamel erosion and decay.
Where are Sealants Used
Sealants are most commonly used on the premolars and molars in the back of the mouth. These teeth typically contain deep crevices and grooves that may be hard to clean during regular brushing and flossing. A sealant can help to prevent the buildup of food debris and plaque in this area of the mouth. Sometime sealants may be used on non-molars that have deep crevices or grooves.
Who Is A Good Candidate for Sealants?
Sealants are used mostly on younger patients, including children who have all of their permanent teeth, teens, and young adults. Sealants can help young patients avoid tooth decay. Adults who do not have fillings or decay on their back teeth may also be good candidates for sealants. Every patient is different and it is best to consult with your dentist about the possibility of sealants.
If you wish to learn more about sealants for your dental care, then contact Tucson dentist Dr. John Carson DDS. Call our Tucson offices at (520) 514-7203 to set up your appointment.