brushing is not enough. Everyone has hard-to-reach spots in their mouth and
brushing doesn’t always fully clean those difficult places. When that
happens, you are at risk of tooth decay. Using sealants on your teeth gives
you an extra line of defense against tooth decay.
Dental sealant is a plastic resin that bonds to the deep grooves in your
tooth’s chewing surface. When sealing a tooth, the grooves of your teeth are filled
and the tooth surface becomes smoother -- and less likely to harbor plaque.
With sealants, tooth brushing becomes easier and more effective against tooth
Sealants are usually applied to children’s teeth as a preventative measure
during the years of most likely tooth decay. However, adult’s teeth can
also be sealed. It is more common to seal "permanent" teeth rather
than "baby" teeth, but every person has unique needs. Your dentist
will recommend sealants on a case by case basis.
Sealants generally last from 3 to 5 years. However, it is fairly common
to see adults with sealants still intact from their childhood. A dental sealant
only provides protection when it is fully intact so if your sealant comes
off you must let your dentist know.
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