When you were a child, one of the biggest inconveniences you encountered was a cavity in a tooth. When this happened, a trip to the dentist was always inevitable. Since kid’s teeth are far more prone to cavities due to their teeth having various nooks and crannies, your dentist may have applied dental sealants to your teeth. However, as we age, cavities became less of a concern. While dental sealants have been shown to reduce tooth decay in kids by as much as 70%, the debate continues as to whether adults should get dental sealants. If you’re considering this option, here are some things to keep in mind.
High Risk of Cavities
If you are an adult whose teeth are healthy yet have ridges and grooves within your teeth that make them more susceptible to trapping food and bacteria, your dentist may recommend dental sealants. Also, if your teeth are healthy but you have a history of getting cavities, dental sealants may be recommended.
A Good Preventive Procedure
If you have teeth that have already suffered damage due to decay or other related factors, a dentist will not be able to use dental sealants on your teeth. Since these sealants are used as a preventive treatment, any teeth they are used on must already be healthy.
Changes Due to Aging
As we age, our dental health may also change. Because of this, your dentist may recommend dental sealants as a way to protect your teeth and give them the extra attention they deserve. For example, if you suffer from diabetes, high blood sugar levels may put you at higher risk for gum disease, which can significantly impact your teeth. As a result, if your teeth are still in good condition, your dentist may elect to use dental sealants in an effort to keep your teeth in great shape as you age.
While making a trip to the dentist is usually not at the top of everyone’s list of fun things to do, it is a great way to keep your teeth healthy throughout your life. If you desire to learn more about whether or not dental sealants can work for you, call our office soon to schedule a consultation about how our team can help.