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Can Adults Get Dental Sealants?

June 29, 2023 1:46 am

Dental sealants are a beneficial preventive dental treatment to help reduce the risk of cavities and tooth decay for patients of all ages! Sealants are thin, plastic coatings brushed onto the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars to make them less susceptible to cavities. They are utilized to protect the teeth’s natural grooves and pits from food particles and harmful bacteria. These natural grooves easily trap debris and can be difficult to keep clean.

What Age Is Best for Sealants?

Sealants are commonly used for children and teens. However, adults can benefit from sealants as well. This is especially true if their sealants have worn off and need to be reapplied, if they are very prone to cavities, or have limited manual dexterity that negatively affects how well they can brush and floss their teeth.

The Sealant Process

Dental sealants are a simple way to help safeguard your smile from cavities. The process typically only takes 3 easy steps:

  1. Clean & Prepare the Tooth/Teeth – Your dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth receiving sealants and dry them off to ensure the sealant can adhere properly.
  2. Brush on an Acid Solution – After your teeth are clean and dry, they will apply a mild acidic solution to the grooves and crevices to create a rough texture for the sealant to bond with.
  3. Apply the Sealant – Sealants are gently brushed over the chewing surfaces of teeth. Once they are brushed on, a blue curing light is used to harden the sealant.

Preventive Dentistry in Broken Arrow, OK

Our Lynn Lane Family Dentistry team emphasizes the value of preventive care at home and at our office for our patients in reducing their risk of dental disease. We encourage patients to see us at least twice a year so that we can clean and check the health of their teeth. Please contact us today to schedule your appointment!


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