Preventive dental care is important throughout your life, no matter your age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with your dentist, you can help keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come. Here are a few simple ways that you can prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities:
• Brush twice a day using fluoride toothpaste
• Floss at least once a day
• Eat a balanced diet
• Ask us about dental sealants, protective and plastic coatings
Source: Sealants for preventing and arresting pit-and-fissure occlusal caries in primary and permanent molars. Journal of the American Dental Association. Accessed July 19, 2016
Sealants are typically applied to children's teeth after their permanent teeth have erupted as a preventive measure against tooth decay. However, adults can also receive sealants on healthy teeth. It is more common to seal permanent teeth rather than baby teeth, but every patient has unique needs, our dental practice will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.
Sealants typically last from three to five years, although it is common to see adults with sealants still intact from childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact so if your sealants come off, let one of our offices know, and schedule an appointment for your teeth to be resealed compassionately.