Posted on 12/15/2018 by Henry Cuttler DDS
|A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating that is applied to the surface of the teeth, the enamel, to prevent tooth decay.
It's evenly spread on the surface and quickly spreads into the tooth's grooves and depressions to form a protective layer. Research shows that very few adults ask about getting sealants. Here are three plausible reasons why most adults are reluctant to get sealants.
Think it's Meant for Children
Surprisingly, most adults are of the idea that dental sealant is only ideal for children because their enamel is considered weak and therefore more prone to tooth decay. However, research studies have proved that adults and children are equally susceptible to tooth decay.
Due to age, the gum that surrounds the teeth recesses and exposes the soft enamel surface to bacteria that cause decay. Application of sealant on the smooth surface significantly lowers the chances of corrosion.
The Procedure is Expensive and Painful
Some adults are convinced that the process is costly and painful. As a result, they are reluctant to get it. Thanks to advancements in technology, we can apply the sealant without causing any pain or discomfort to the patient.
It is also important to note that apart from preventing tooth decay, dental sealant helps to avoid the buildup of plaque on the surface and grooves. Even though brushing and flossing help get rid of the food particles, the sealant will prevent the particles from sticking to the surface of your teeth in the first place.
Finally, a dental sealant is not a permanent solution and should be re-applied after two decades or so. Get in touch with us today to learn more about dental sealant and the benefits. We will also give you professional tips on how to take care of your teeth at no additional cost.