From the moment teeth start growing, they are exposed to many things that can damage them over time! The chewing surfaces of the molar and premolar teeth have grooves in them; these small spaces make teeth more susceptible to decay as plaque can easily accumulate in these areas. While fluoride toothpaste is recommended to help prevent the decay, dental sealants actually take protection to a new level!
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves.
Do I need them?
You may think dental sealants are only necessary as an adult, but the truth is… all ages can benefit from having this protective barrier applied to their teeth. Occasionally sealants can be applied to baby teeth if they have deep grooves and if a child is cavity prone. Sealants can help protect teeth any time throughout the ages 6-16, as the risk of cavities can run high during this time. Lastly, adults that have deep grooves or depressions can prevent damage with sealants.
Dental sealants are quick, painless and easy to apply – learn more about the process here. Call us with questions or to book an appointment.
Fulp Family Dentistry is a family dental office located in Tifton, Georgia. Dr. Nicole and Dr. Scott Fulp offer family dentistry and cosmetic dental services such as whitening, crowns, Invisalign, veneers, implants and more to Tifton and surrounding communities including Sylvester, Adel, Ashburn, Fitzgerald, Ocilla, and Nashville.