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Preventive treatment in dentistry allows teeth to stay as healthy as possible. Sealants are a common and popular option in preventing tooth decay and fighting plaque buildup, allowing patients to keep their natural teeth for as long as possible. Our team at Ryan Dental offers sealants to ensure the longevity of teeth. If you’re interested in dental sealants, please give our office a call to learn more or schedule a consultation!
A sealant can help prevent tooth decay. Teeth have fine grooves, or pits, that accumulate plaque. These grooves are often too narrow for the toothbrush to reach. When plaque accumulates, cavities can occur as well as other types of tooth decay. Sealants, which are transparent, cover the surface of the teeth and provide a smoother surface allowing plaque and food debris to slide off and not collect.
Sealants can last up to nine years after placement. However, sealants have a chance to fall off or pop up, which is why following and attending regular dental appointments can be a benefit to check them. Sealants don’t need to be removed as they wear away over time. You should still follow a brushing and flossing routine after getting sealants placed. It is best to avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods that can cause damage to sealants that are newly placed.
Dental sealants are a great option for many children and adults. Dental sealants are a quick and painless process for the molars and premolars. While it is highly beneficial for children and teenagers, as it is unlikely tooth decay has already occurred, sealants have the same benefits no matter when a patient gets them. However, sealants aren’t perfect and only protect the surface of the teeth, not between the teeth.