Using dental sealants as an extra layer of protection against cavities
Protecting the smile from cavities and periodontal disease requires daily effort from you. You may leave your smile at risk of many problems without brushing and flossing. Regular visits to the dental office for cleanings and evaluations are highly recommended to reduce the risk of dental issues. Drs. Chase Yerger and Diana Stewart of Yerger Family Dental in Miles City, Montana, are experienced dental providers who can recommend additional treatments to improve teeth’ resistance to decay and disease. One of the more common methods is adding dental sealants to the surfaces of the teeth.
What are dental sealants?
Quality dental sealants can be used to protect the chewing surfaces of the back teeth that are more prone to cavities. The sealants protect the dental enamel from the bacteria and acids that cause cavities. While sealants are most often used on children’s teeth as they are more likely to develop cavities in their back teeth, adults can also benefit if they have deep grooves in their back teeth that are difficult to clean. Sealants for kids and adults are beneficial in reducing the risk of tooth decay.
When can cavity sealants be applied to the teeth?
Sealants are usually applied soon after the tooth erupts while still smooth. Once a tooth has developed pits and grooves, it is more difficult for the sealant to bond correctly. This protective coating may also be for sensitive teeth in children and adults.
How long do dental sealants last?
Sealants can last several years but must be checked and reapplied as needed. That can be done during routine cleanings and evaluations in our office!
How do I learn more about dental sealants for kids and adults?
Sealants are a great way to help prevent cavities, especially in children’s teeth.
If you think you or your child could benefit from sealants, talk to Drs. Chase Yerger and Diana Stewart and their team at Yerger Family Dental in Miles City, MT, at (406) 233-1241.
We can provide a thorough evaluation and determine if you are a good candidate for this and other preventative care solutions available at our practice.