There are many ways to protect your teeth. And as dentists, we want to use every tool we can to help your family protect your teeth and gums. Of course, the best method for preventing cavities is to brush and floss daily. However, there are other methods that can help improve your oral health and your resistance to tooth decay, This includes fluoride treatments, fluoride toothpaste, and dental sealants. Sealants are a thin protective coating applied to the chewing surface of your molars to provide further protection from decay. They are not a replacement for good brushing and flossing habits, but they can help prevent cavities.
Dental sealants can provide years of protection to your teeth. However, the exact length of time they last varies. They can get damaged over time and can even break off. That is why it is important to see your dentist regularly. Your dentist can routinely check to see if your dental sealants are still in place and intact. If a sealant does need to be replaced your dentist will let you know.
Dental sealants are not a required procedure, but are highly recommended. The process is generally inexpensive, painless, and can usually be done during your child’s regular dental visit. Dentists across the country recommend them because they are both safe and effective at preventing cavities. Children have increased risks for tooth decay, which is why it is recommended that children get them soon after their adult molars come in.
Adults and children can benefit from dental sealants. However, sealants are most frequently recommended for kids. Children have a higher likelihood of experiencing tooth decay or gum disease, so anything that can help prevent cavities is usually recommended. Children are often recommended for dental sealants when their molars first arrive. Some dentists recommend sealants for both the primary (baby) molars as well for the adult molars. Because sealants are generally inexpensive and provide years of protection, they are frequently recommended to children 6 years old and older to help decrease the chances of cavities. Sealants can prevent pain for your children and also decrease the chances that you will need to schedule a dental filling appointment.
Sealants are not a replacement for good oral health habits. But they can help supplement them. We highly recommend that you ask our dentist about dental sealants for your children. If you have any questions please contact us via our contact form to set up an appointment at our office in Revere.