Tooth Sealants

Tooth Sealants

Tooth Sealants

Are you finding it more and more difficult to get to those hard-to-reach places in your mouth when brushing your teeth? Are you concerned about your children being able to reach these areas in their own mouths? The truth is that toothbrushes are great, but they are not perfectly designed, which means it can be hard to properly clean small crevices and deep grooves of the teeth. When these places are neglected, tooth deterioration can occur rapidly. Sealants, applied by your dentist at Progressive Dental Arts in Newark, DE, can add an extra level of protection to fight cavities and help deter tooth decay. Made from thin, plastic resin, dental sealants are practically invisible to the untrained eye. The plastic resin is bonded to the grooves of your tooth’s surface and then hardens. As it hardens, it will smooth out those deep grooves, making it harder for plaque to attach to those surfaces. Patients find that brushing their teeth and keeping away cavities is easier when they have sealants. Both adults and children can benefit from this dental technology. We recommend sealants for children as a protective measure against tooth decay after their permanent teeth have erupted. There are some cases where we may suggest sealants for baby teeth, but this is done on an individualized basis and it is not common. While sealants may be customary for children, adults can benefit from sealants too. So be sure to ask Dr. Wu or Dr. Bayley about this simple dental procedure at your next appointment. The lifespan of sealants is, on average, from three to five years. But, it is not unusual to find adults who still have intact sealants from their childhood. Of course, a sealant only works best when it is completely whole. If you notice you or your child’s sealants have broken, schedule an appointment with your dentist to have your teeth or your children’s teeth resealed.