Some people, no matter what their age, are just more susceptible to tooth decay. If your mother or father or your grandparents were prone to this chronic disease chances are that you will also be in the high risk category. Along with adapting a regular routine of home dental care and having your teeth examined and cleaned every six months you may well benefit from dental sealants.
A sealant is actually a fine plastic like coating that is applied to the surface of the teeth that we use to chew our food i.e., the back molars. These teeth are full of grooves and notches where bacteria can gather and grow. Once a sealant is bonded to a tooth it acts as a roadblock to keep the food particles that breed the bacteria from getting in.
If your child’s baby teeth were exceptionally grooved it follows that his permanent molars will be too. As soon as they erupt, usually by a child’s seventh birthday, your dentist will be able to determine if your child is a good candidate for dental sealants. The earlier the sealant is applied, the sooner the extra protective benefit can kick in.
If you have had to have one or two of your adult molars filled due to tooth decay you will definitely want to talk to your dentist about having a sealant applied to the others. The actual procedure is painless and can be done in the time it takes for a typical dental appointment. A sealant can save you money in the long run by avoiding more extensive treatments.
A dental sealant can be expected to last a good ten years. Your dentist will check it as part of every routine dental exam to make sure it is holding up as expected. If you feel that your sealant has been altered before your next scheduled appointment let your dentist know right away.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Conway of Spokane Valley Dentistry to talk more about the benefits of dental sealants. Call the office @ 509-926-6261 today.