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Can Adults Get Dental Sealants?

October 17, 2022 11:50 pm

You’ve probably heard that dental sealants are a common preventive treatment for children. However, this treatment isn’t only for kids!

Dental sealants are durable plastic resin coatings that cover the grooves and crevices on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, called the molars. These coatings fill in the uneven surfaces of teeth to prevent bacteria and food debris from getting stuck in the deep crannies of the molars and causing bad breath and tooth decay.

Are Dental Sealants for Adults Too?

Yes, teens and adults can get dental sealants too! Even though children are the prime patient base that benefit from dental sealants, this treatment is not exclusively for kids. While adults are usually better than children at properly brushing, adults can still have bacteria and food particles get stuck in the deep grooves of their molars. Getting sealants for the first time or reapplying sealants after they have worn down can decrease risk of dental disease for patients of nearly any age.

How Are Dental Sealants Put On?

Dental sealants are a quick and simple dental treatment. At your twice-yearly dental checkups, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to check for any issues. If they notice that your current sealants have worn down or that you have never received needed dental sealants, they can apply them after your dental cleaning is complete.

Sealants can be applied to clean and dry molars. These coatings come in a tooth-colored gel form that is brushed over the chewing surface of molars. After it is in place, a blue light hardens the gel. The entire process takes less than 5 minutes. Then the sealant will act as a barrier between the teeth and harmful bacteria and food particles.

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Are you overdue for a dental cleaning and checkup? Please don’t put it off any longer! Routine visits with our team will help protect you from cavities and other dental issues. Please contact us today to schedule your next dental checkup at Dickson Family Dental Care!

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