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Purpose of Dental (Tooth) Sealants

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What are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants or tooth sealants help to provide extra protection for your teeth if you’re susceptible to cavities or if you’re unlikely to have adequate exposure to fluoride. Tooth sealants covers teeth and help protects them from plaque.

Dental Sealants Pros and Cons

However, the purpose of dental sealants is not to replace a consistent oral care routine of twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing. Brushing and flossing are still the best ways to remove plaque and help prevent tooth decay. Still, it can be difficult to remove all food particles from the depressions and grooves in the teeth—even for people who are diligent about dental care. Tooth sealants help protect these spots.

Are Dental Sealants Only for Adults?

Tooth sealants are an option for all ages. Many dental professionals recommend sealants for children and teens because tooth decay in the pits and fissures of the teeth can begin early in life, but a dental sealant may prevent a tooth cavity in an adult’s mouth, too. If you have a reason to be especially concerned about tooth decay or if you have more than one tooth cavity, ask your dentist whether you can benefit from a sealant. Sealants usually last for several years before you need a reapplication, but you should still visit your dentist regularly for a professional cleaning and evaluation to ensure good oral health.