Dental sealants act as a preventative measure against cavities. Dental sealants are most commonly applied to the teeth of children and teenagers who tend to be more prone to developing cavities over time. Whilst brushing and flossing at least twice a day can keep cavities at bay, applying sealants as a secondary measure is also a useful tactic which can help preserve the longevity of young teeth.
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are thin, plastic resin coats that bond to your teeth, acting as a secondary layer to protect your teeth from cavities.
Can dental sealants only be applied to children’s teeth?
The most common practice is for dental sealants to be applied to children’s teeth as soon as their molars appear. As the back teeth are harder to reach and tend to be used more for chewing, they are prone to plaque and acids. However, adults too can benefit from dental sealants and at our dental practice in San Jose, CA, we apply dental sealants to the teeth of patients of all ages.
What does the procedure entail?
The application of dental sealants is a pain-free procedure. The plastic resin is painted onto a patient’s teeth and in a short while, this resin hardens and forms a protective layer over the tooth enamel.
For more information, call us or drop by our dental practice in San Jose, CA, for a consultation.