Many adult dental problems begin when we are children and take our teeth for granted. At Westwood Dental Group in Westwood, MA, we want to help our patients avoid a lifetime of toothaches and cavities by offering preventive treatments like the application of dental sealants.
Dental sealants are thin layers of plastic painted over the surface of the back molars. The plastic forms a tight seal that stops plaque and bacteria from penetrating the enamel and causing decay and destruction. The sealants need to be applied as a liquid, so the material fits into all of the nooks and crannies of the average tooth. It then dries quickly.
Dental sealants can last for up to 10 years when cared for properly. Over time, the material will start to wear down but does not pose a threat to the individual. People who want to care for their sealants are advised to brush their teeth on a regular basis but to avoid pushing too hard with the brush.
If you are worried that your sealants are starting to become worn earlier than expected, then our dentist can perform a touch-up and paint over the chipped or fragmented patches.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends dental sealants be worn by children between the ages of 6 and 14. At this stage in life, older children and young teenagers are expected to care for their own teeth but have yet to form healthy oral hygiene habits. This means they are more prone to developing problems like cavities, dental infections, and even permanent dental damage.
At Westwood Dental Group, we also offer dental sealants to our adult patients who fear they might be doing extra damage to their teeth.
If you live in or around Westwood, MA and are looking for sealants for you or a loved one, consider scheduling an appointment with us today. Sealants are applied after a regular exam and cleaning. Our dentist will also explain the procedure in detail, so you know what to expect and the benefits of treatment.