Q & A: Dental Sealants

Q & A: Dental Sealants It is never too early in life to start protecting your smile. Keeping the smile healthy during childhood can set a solid foundation for oral health throughout life. Dental sealants can be one way to help protect a child’s smile. Dental sealants are very thin biocompatible material applied directly to the surface of the teeth to add a layer of extra protection against decay. Along with good nutrition and strong dental habits, sealants can be part of a healthy smile. If you live in Fort Worth, Texas, talk to your dentist about ways to provide extra protection to your family’s smiles. 

Q: Do sealants require different hygiene habits?

A: There is no special treatment required for teeth that have dental sealants. Good hygiene (brushing twice daily, flossing once, and visiting the dentist at least twice a year) is still required even with the dental sealants. Sealants are not a free pass to skip brushing and flossing. Nor are they a free pass to go wild on candy and sweets.

Q: Where do they go?

A: Dental sealants are usually applied to the molars in the back of the smile. Molars have irregularly shaped surfaces that can trap bacteria. These surfaces can also be harder to keep clean. Dental sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces as a shield against bacteria. Over the years, the biocompatible material will dissolve; there is no need to have them removed.

Q: Who qualifies for sealants?

Children with adult teeth are the most common recipients of dental sealants. Children have a higher risk of cavities, and sealants can help to lower that risk. Dental sealants may work for some adults, too. Adults who are at a higher risk for tooth decay may be able to lower that risk with dental sealants.

Do you have any questions about dental sealants?

Our team is here to help your entire family’s smiles. To schedule a consultation, call the 7Day Dental office closest to you! Our offices are located in Fort Worth, TX, at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive. Our Benbrook office is now open, call 817-349-7860.