What Are the Benefits of Dental Sealants?

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There are few things more important than your oral health. One of the best ways you can keep your teeth fresh is by brushing, flossing, and taking regular trips to your hygienist. That being said, if you are looking to take an extra step to preserve your teeth, then you should strongly consider dental sealants. Read on and speak with our knowledgeable New Jersey dental team to learn more about dental sealants and whether they are a good option for you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is the purpose of dental sealants?

Essentially, dental sealants are small pieces of plastic that your dentist can place on your molars and premolars in the back of your mouth. This is so that your teeth are protected from bacteria and acids that typically cause tooth decay. Dental sealant procedures are painless and very quick. These sealants bond to teeth with self-curing lights within 30 seconds. Once the dental sealant is on, it should last you for up to 10 years, as long as you brush regularly and take good care of your teeth otherwise. That being said, you should understand that though dental sealants are a great option to help prevent tooth decay, they cannot prevent it entirely on their own, which is why it is so important that you maintain your oral hygiene routine even after you have them installed.

Are dental sealants safe for children and adults?

Yes, dental sealants are safe for both children and adults. It is worth noting that dental sealants may actually even be most beneficial for children, as they most likely would not have any cavities yet (you cannot install dental sealants on teeth that have already had cavities. Therefore, if you have a child between the ages of 5 and 14, you may wish to consider speaking with them about dental sealants. Not only can they go a long way in preventing tooth decay, but they can also be removed at any time, and removal is painless. So, if for some reason you or your child wish to have your dental sealants removed at any point, it wouldn’t be a problem at all. If you have any further questions about dental sealants, simply speak with our New Jersey dental team.

Contact The Dental Associates of Basking Ridge

Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!

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