Scottsburg Family Dentistry is a leading dental practice that provides comprehensive and high-quality dental services to patients of all ages. One of our services is dental sealants, a preventative treatment that helps protect against tooth decay and cavity formation.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are a thin, clear or tooth-colored coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars, where cavities are most likely to develop. The dental sealant acts as a barrier, protecting the teeth from plaque, food particles, and other harmful substances that can cause decay. The dental sealant is made of a biocompatible material that bonds to the teeth, creating a seamless and protective shield.
Who Needs Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are an excellent choice for children and teenagers, as they are most susceptible to cavities due to their developing teeth and still-forming good oral hygiene habits. In fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children receive dental sealants as soon as their permanent molars come in, typically between the ages of 6 and 14. Dental sealants can also be beneficial for adults, especially those who are prone to cavities or have deep grooves in their molars.