The main teeth that are most susceptible to decay are your molars. Due to the grooves on the chewing surface, they can easily collect debris and food particles, increasing your risk of cavities. Fortunately, dental sealants are able to help cover these areas. But can you still get this treatment as an adult? Keep reading to learn why dental sealants are still a valid procedure and four benefits you can expect from them!

What Are Dental Sealants?

Your dentist can offer dental sealants by painting a thin, plastic coat on the chewing surfaces of your molars. By bonding this material into the grooves of your pearly whites, it can serve as a protective layer over the enamel. This will help reduce your chances of tooth decay, especially since food matter can more easily reach and collect in the back of your smile.

4 Benefits of Dental Sealants

While this treatment is often associated with children’s dentistry, it’s still available for adults who need it. Here are several benefits dental sealants can offer:

  • Reduces Tooth Decay: If you practice good dental hygiene, dental sealants can last you up to 10 years. You should still visit your dentist regularly for checkups, that way you can ensure your smile is safe from potential bacteria or plaque buildup.
  • Avoids Cavities: Should you or your dentist find early signs of tooth decay, then a sealant can help stop the process from turning into a cavity. They are also usually transparent, meaning your dentist can easily monitor the areas in case of any further damages to your teeth.
  • Fights Off Aging: Our enamel tends to wear down and weaken over the years. The older we get, the more vulnerable we are to decay. This is also due to the protective qualities of our teeth, gums, and saliva waning as we age. Dental sealants can safely and effectively combat these effects.
  • Improves Smile Appearance: Sometimes food matter and debris that collect on your back teeth can gradually discolor your smile. By applying a sealant, you can help create fewer stains and plaque buildup. Additionally, this’ll make it much easier to maintain a clean, healthy, and bright smile.

Even if you’re an adult, you can still definitely benefit from dental sealants! Talk to your dentist if you’re interested, and they’ll be glad to discuss your treatment.

About the Author

Dr. David Crumpton graduated from the Baylor College of Dentistry and has been delivering high-quality dental care for more than 25 years. He enjoys helping patients achieve and preserve their best smiles, and constantly seeks to improve his expertise. He also provides multiple advanced dental treatments, including dental sealants for kids and adults! If you’d like to schedule an appointment, feel free to visit our website or call 817-813-6979.

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