This Treatment Is Not Just For Kids
Tooth decay is a common dental problem that occurs in children as well as adults. In fact, 92% of adults have dental cavities in their permanent teeth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Even with brushing and flossing, other factors such as bacteria in the mouth, frequent snacking, and sugary drinks can lead to cavities. That’s why we recommend one treatment in particular for kids and adults to help protect your teeth from the bacteria that causes tooth decay. Read more to find out about this treatment.
Dental sealants are a safe and effective way to help you prevent cavities. The sealant is a thin coating that is painted onto the surface of your back teeth where cavities most often form. It creates a barrier so that food debris and bacteria won’t stick to your tooth’s surface.
The Dental Sealant Treatment
Dental sealants take minutes to apply but can protect your teeth for up to 10 years. The dentist will first clean the teeth before they are sealed. An acidic gel is then applied to the teeth, which helps the sealant adhere to the tooth surface. Next, the acid solution is rinsed and the teeth are dried before the sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel. A light is used to cure the sealant in the final step.
Children and adults can enjoy the benefit of knowing that their teeth are protected from having cavities and needing fillings. It’s important to remember, however, that sealants are not a substitute for daily brushing and flossing.
If you would like to consider sealants for you or your child, please feel free to contact us with any questions. We want to make sure you have the information you need to make the best choices for your dental health in Burton, MI. We look forward to seeing you soon!