The prevention of tooth decay is key to a healthy mouth, and one of the most vital components of your routine visit to DeWan Dental Wellness. Brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, but pits and fissures in your teeth are extremely difficult to clean, making them especially prone to decay. Most cavities form in pit and fissure areas, and permanent molars are susceptible to this form of decay as well. This is where sealants come in: By protecting these vulnerable areas by "sealing out" plaque and food, sealants are extremely effective in helping prevent tooth decay.
Sealants take only a few minutes for each tooth. First, we clean the teeth. Next, the chewing surfaces are conditioned to help the sealant adhere to the tooth. Finally, the sealant is "painted" onto the tooth enamel and the sealant bonds to the tooth and hardens.
For Children and Adults
The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are great candidates for sealants. But adults can benefit from sealants as well.
Your tooth decay risk varies over time, due to changes in personal habits, health status and medication use. For example, lack of access to fluorides and fluoridated water, or a history of previous tooth decay are common factors we would consider when evaluating whether you may benefit from sealants.