More Adults Need to Talk with Us About Dental Sealants
Posted on 11/16/2020 by Ashley Miller
Regular brushing and flossing are necessary to keep your teeth clean. However, your floss and toothbrush may be ineffective in cleaning the grooves and depressions on your molars and premolars. The accumulation of food particles on these surfaces with time causes decay and cavities. To prevent tooth decay and save on long term medical costs, you need dental sealants. A dental sealant is a plastic material that prevents tooth cavities on molars and premolars by covering their surfaces.
Dental Sealants to Prevent Tooth Decay
While dental sealants are popular among kids and teenagers, they are gaining popularity in older adults due to their effectiveness against tooth decay. Dental sealants prevent tooth decay by acting as a barrier against plaques' formation on the teeth grooves and depressions. This deprives bacteria of a conducive environment for multiplication and activity, which causes decay. Dental sealants are also effective against tooth decay where the tooth structure is such that the grooves and depressions are deeper. In such teeth, regular brush bristles and floss cannot remove food particles effectively, resulting in the formation of plaques that attract bacteria, causing tooth decay.
Saves on Medical Costs
There is a link between dental diseases, diabetes, heart diseases, among other health issues. By preventing tooth decay with dental sealants, you will prevent dental diseases and maintain an overall good health. With age also, your enamel may grow weak and wear out. You may also develop some lifestyle illnesses requiring medication, which may affect your teeth and make them susceptible to decay. With these risks in mind, it is important to get dental sealants to save your natural teeth from decay, improve your overall health and save on the time and costs of restorative treatments such as fillings and crown. Contact our office today for more information on why dental sealants are important for adults.