You might have gotten sealants as a kid without knowing that you did. Sealants are a very thin layer of plastic coating applied on the surfaces of your teeth. The liquid sealant fills in and seals the pits and grooves of the teeth to create a shield over the enamel of each tooth. This “shield-like” effect makes your teeth more resistant to bacteria that cause cavities. Generally, sealants are used on molars since they are more prone to cavities.
Dental sealants are usually recommended when children’s first permanent molars come in which is in the age range between 5 and 7 years old or between 11-14 years old. But dentists offer sealants to teenagers and adults who are disposed to cavities. There was even a study that stated that “sealants are effective in reducing cavities for at least four years after each application.” When brushing your teeth, it’s impossible to get all the food and plaque fully removed from the nooks and crannies of your teeth. Sealants protect the areas that can’t be reached by filling the spaces that can cause tooth decay.
Sealants can last up to 10 years with the right care but need to be checked up for chipping during regular dental check-ups. It’s possible to get decay underneath your sealants that’s wearing out. However, at Paradise Dental we can diagnose your teeth problems with the help of our high tech machines and experienced doctors on staff! Give us a call at 781-598-3700 or use our contact form for general dentistry or preventative dentistry!