Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. It is difficult for your toothbrush to get between the small cracks and grooves on your teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are plastic resins that bond and harden in the deep grooves on your tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to attract plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective.
Reasons for sealants
- Adults — Tooth surfaces without decay that have deep grooves or depressions.
- Children and teenagers — As soon as the six-year molars (the first permanent back teeth) appear or any time throughout the cavity prone years of 6 through 16.
- Baby teeth — Occasionally done if teeth have deep grooves or depressions and the child is cavity-prone.
Sealants typically last from three to five years, although it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from childhood. Proper home care and regular dental visits may help to extend the life of your new dental sealants.
Call 832-804-7427 to schedule an appointment within the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area, Beaumont and Corpus Christi.