A common problem for children is trying to keep their teeth free of cavities. While parents brush children’s teeth when they are young, kids who are trying to navigate proper oral hygiene afterward on their own often struggle. To help promote good hygiene and dental habits, we at All Smiles Dental Care in Hazlet, NJ now offer dental sealants to encourage overall oral health and wellness.
Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating that can be applied to the back molars. The plastic is painted onto the enamel as a liquid so the material can coat the many crevices that exist in the natural shape of the teeth. Over several minutes, the plastic then hardens to form a durable shield that prevents plaque from attacking the enamel and causing cavities.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children between the ages of 6 and 14 receive dental sealants as part of a comprehensive preventive dental plan. The sealants are inexpensive and can help protect the teeth during a crucial time in a child’s life when they become responsible for their own oral hygiene. While many children are brushing their teeth on their own at this age, it can still be difficult to do so properly and avoid cavities and decay.
Besides children, All Smiles Dental Care in Hazlet, NJ is glad to apply dental sealants to adult and elderly patients who would like additional protection for their molars. Even as adults, many individuals in the United States struggle to practice good oral hygiene and keep their mouths free of plaque and decay. The sealants can go a long way to ensuring your teeth remain healthy and strong.
Our office uses modern techniques and technologies during all of our treatments. Because of advances in the type of plastic used for sealants, they can now last for up to ten years, depending on how well patients care for their teeth.
This is a frequently asked question we receive. The plastic used for the sealants is not harmful and will not affect you or your child’s health. While it can wear down over time, it should have no ill effects.