Why Sealants Aren’t Just For Kids Anymore
Tooth decay and gum disease can cause a number of problems to your dental health. One such problem are cavities. Cavities are small holes or openings in a tooth that has been damaged. Cavities can happen to anyone, young or old. Preventative measures, such as sealants, are for everyone, not just kids.
What are dental sealants?
Sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Sealants are put on in the dental practice. Getting a sealant put on is simple and painless. Sealants are painted on as a liquid and quickly harden to form a shield over the tooth.
Why get sealants?
The most important reason for getting sealants is to avoid tooth decay.
Fluoride in toothpaste and in drinking water protects the smooth surfaces of teeth but back teeth need extra protection. Sealants cover the chewing surfaces of the back teeth and keep out germs and food. The chewing surfaces of back teeth are rough and uneven because they have small pits and grooves. Food and germs can get stuck in the pits and grooves and stay there a long time because toothbrush bristles cannot brush them away. Having sealants put on teeth before they decay will also save time and money in the long run by avoiding fillings and crowns used to restore decayed teeth.
Our staff, including Dr. Johns have sealants places on all applicable teeth. We believe in sealants! Most insurance plans do not have adult coverage for sealants, but they are an inexpensive cost compared to paying for a filling or crown. Take advantage of our February BOGO special. Buy one sealant, receive second at no cost.