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Does Your Entire Household Need Sealants?


Posted on 12/20/2016 by Robert Leale
A young girl receiving a dental sealant.
Dental sealants are great tools. They seal off small holes, grooves, cracks, and crevices in your mouth to keep debris from getting into those areas.

If debris from food or even what you drink gets into those tiny areas, it can be difficult to get out and could lead to decay that you may not even be able to see right away.

Instead of taking that chance, most dentists will apply dental sealants to your teeth, especially in the back where brushing tends to miss a bit more.

Who Can Benefit from Dental Sealants

Most of the time, dental sealants and children are the connection people make. However, dental sealants do not need to be reserved for children's teeth alone. Adults, and even seniors can benefit from getting dental sealants.

If you make it all the way into your retirement years with a good number of your teeth still intact, then you should keep them sealed so that you do not start having more issues as you age.

Adults tend to eat foods on a regular basis that can get stuck in their teeth. This can include sticky candies, caramel breads, and even healthy foods like oatmeal. When those foods get stuck, they can damage your tooth's enamel, and cause small holes in your teeth where decay can wreak havoc. Sealants are painted on, allowing them to basically drip their way into all of the smallest portions of your mouth, keeping your teeth as healthy as possible.

If you want to find out which members of your household would most benefit from getting dental implants, then contact our office. He or she can tell you who needs to get sealants, and how often each family member should get them to keep their teeth as protected as possible.

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