Brushing and flossing are the first line of defense against cavities, but they’re not always enough. Even with regular professional cleanings and a stringent oral hygiene routine, cavities can still form. Fortunately, dental sealants are proven to help prevent cavities in kids and adults.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Thin coats of sealant, made of a clear plastic material, are painted onto the premolars and molars to prevent tooth decay. Because the substance bonds to all the pits and fissures in the surfaces of teeth, a sealant prevents food particles from being stuck in the tooth surface and contributing to tooth decay.
The World Health Organization considers sealant application a primary preventive measure, and research indicates a reduction of up to 51 percent of dental caries when sealants are present. The evidence is clear: Sealants do help prevent cavities.
The best age for this treatment is when molars first erupt, usually around age six for first molars and age twelve for second molars. While they’re most effective when used early, adults with no fillings or signs of decay can also be good candidates.
Where to Get Dental Sealants
At Waller Dental, we do more than treat existing oral health problems; we strive to prevent them in the first place. When brushing and flossing aren’t enough to remove food particles from difficult-to-reach nooks and crannies, dental sealants can help protect teeth from decay. Call us today to learn more about this non-invasive, highly effective treatment and to schedule an appointment with our expert care team.