Did you know … dental sealants in Dripping Springs aren’t just for kids? And they can prevent cavities from forming in your teeth?
Sealants are much more common nowadays than they were four decades ago. Between 1999 and 2004, 30% of children ages 6 to 11 had sealants, according to the United States, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
So … what exactly are they? As your Dripping Springs dentist in Texas, we can answer that. Sealants, or plastic coatings on the grooves of molars (permanent back teeth), are a simple and effective way to stop decay on the chewing surfaces. There is a misconception that they are strictly for kids – but several situations make adults good candidates.
Sealants can make a difference in your smile in these circumstances …
- Change in your habits – When young adults leave the nest, they may develop oral health problems because of a change in hygiene habits and diet. Sealants can protect teeth during this transition period.
- Change in your health – Arthritis or a stroke can affect your motor skills. And that means you may have a harder time brushing. Sealants are a good option when teeth and gums can’t be cared for properly at home.
- Introduction of medicines – If you develop dry mouth from the medication you’re taking, it can lead to cavities. Sealants help protect your teeth if your mouth isn’t producing as much saliva as it should.
When it comes to kids … teeth sealants should be applied shortly after permanent teeth have emerged. For most children, this is around the age of six.
Are they long-lasting? Yes! Your Dripping Springs dental team is aware of several patients (of all ages!) who have had their dental sealants in Dripping Springs for several years.
Call today to find out if sealants are right for you! And … don’t forget to brush and floss regularly as it is the best way to remove cavity-causing bacteria before it attacks your smile. That and your regular hygiene appointments at our warm, welcoming practice!
Yours in dental health,
Dr. Rob Smith, DDS, Dripping Springs