Sealants are very important in children as the permanent molars erupt into the mouth beginning around the age of six. These adult teeth are very prone to cavities in children.
At this age, they are old enough to undergo the painless procedure of holding their mouth open and not moving for some time. Getting these sealants will help protect their teeth during the cavity-prone years.
Adults without filings in their molars can also benefit from sealants. As we age, we are more prone to be exposed to decay. Adults who are more prone to cavities should have unaffected teeth sealed. Also, teeth with deep grooves that are hard to clean should consider sealants.
The biochemistry of saliva changes over time with medications; hence will not be able to fight the decay. If you have implants, then your teeth won’t benefit from sealants.
How Are Sealants Applied?
Sealant application is a simple, painless process that can take a few minutes. The tooth surface is thoroughly cleaned with a paste. An acidic solution is put on the tooth and then rinsed.
It creates a slightly rough surface for the sealant to attach to the teeth. The dentist dries your teeth, applies the sealant, and uses a blue light to harden it.