The tooth is composed of two parts: the hard exterior enamel and the interior soft pulp. The enamel provides a protective layer for nerves, but it can be broken down by sugar, acid, and plaque. Plaque comes from the foods we eat and can cause major oral health problems, like cavities, gum disease, and infections.
The best way to maintain optimal oral health and wellness is by having a good diet and brushing and flossing the teeth twice a day. Here at York Dental Group in York Harbor, ME, we encourage our patients to adopt these healthy practices but also know it can be difficult. This is why we offer plastic dental sealants for the molars to help protect the teeth.
Dental sealants are intended for patients who struggle to keep their molars clean. The most common target demographic is children who are old enough to brush their own teeth, but who still struggle to manage a toothbrush and eliminate all of the plaque that builds up over time. New research also indicates there could be some benefit for elderly patients as well.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that patients between the ages of six and fourteen receive dental sealants as part of comprehensive preventive care. Our dentists will meet with you and your children during an appointment, check the current health of the molars, and then determine whether or not your kid would be an excellent candidate for the extra protection.
Unlike some other practices, York Dental Group is also willing to apply dental sealants for adults who have naturally weak molars or frequently experience issues with tooth decay. We recommend you ask for the sealants during your biannual exam and cleaning.
Dental sealants are meant to last for a decade. However, patients do need to return for their regular cleanings and checkups so our dentist can see if there is any chipping or if the plastic has started to erode or fade from use. Call us today to schedule an appointment.