Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating that are applied to your teeth to protect them against tooth decay and cavities. Most children receive sealants on their permanent teeth; however, sealants have a lifespan of five to seven years so adults must choose to have sealants re-painted on their teeth.
But are they worth it? While sealants don’t eliminate the need for brushing your teeth they do protect your teeth and provide a strong extra layer to block food particles, sugars, and bacteria from wearing away at your tooth’s enamel. They help guard against cavities and are an important part of protecting permanent teeth after they have developed.
You may want to consider sealants if you are particularly susceptible to cavities, if you live in an area without fluoridated water, or if you eat lots of sugary food. For more information on dental sealants, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe today.