A common problem for patients is possessing poor oral hygiene habits. Many people, especially when they are young, fail to brush or floss regularly, resulting in damage, decay, and cavities. At Kensington Dental Clinic, we help our patients in Edmonton, Alberta take better care of their teeth by offering dental sealants to stop plaque from attacking the teeth.
Dental sealants are an important part of preventive treatment. They are thin layers of plastic applied to the back molars of the teeth. The plastic is spread as a liquid so the material can seep into all of the nooks and crannies of the tooth. After a few minutes, the plastic solidifies and forms a nonporous layer of protection that stops plaque from touching the enamel and causing decay.
Dental sealants are designed to last for a long time, with the best-case scenario being ten years of complete coverage. If you are worried that yours might be fading or pitting, our dentist can perform a thorough exam and then reapply the material in weakened spots.
To increase the lifespan of your sealants, we recommend brushing regularly and avoiding too many sugary or acidic foods.
The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommends patients between the ages of 6 and 14 receive dental sealants to help these children and adolescents better care for their teeth. At this age, children are often left in charge of their own oral hygiene but are more likely to take risks and not brush or floss their teeth regularly.
At Kensington Dental Clinic, our dentist can also apply dental sealants to the back molars of adults who are worried about the condition of their teeth.
Dental sealants are a crucial component of preventive care for children, teenagers, and adults alike. If you are looking for a way to improve your oral health and wellness, contact us today at Kensington Dental Clinic in Edmonton, Alberta. Our staff will explain the pros and cons of the treatment and can set up an appointment at your convenience.