Due to pits, grooves and depressions on teeth, food particles and plaque can get trapped in areas our toothbrushes unfortunately just can’t reach. Without proper dental care, these lingering particles and bacteria can lead to the development of tooth decay. However, dental sealants help prevent this from occurring in the first place.
A tooth sealant is a plastic coating which is often applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth. The sealant allows us to properly “seal” the tooth by creating a barrier that protects it from decay and damage. Placing dental sealants is a quick, painless process which can be done during your routine dental visit.
Since dental sealants are considered a preventive measure against decay, many patients stop receiving dental sealants around the age of 13, after adult teeth have come in. However, dental sealants can be a great benefit to patients of any age. Patients with dry mouth, a history of decay and even gum disease can benefit from the increased protection as well.
Want to make sure you and your loved ones have the most protected smiles possible? Schedule an appointment with Gentling Smiles in Shoreline, WA today; we’d be happy to evaluate your oral health to determine if dental sealants may be right for you and your family.
Inspired by his cousins (both pediatric dentists in Eastern, WA) and others, Dr. Gentling chose to pursue a career in dentistry, leading him to graduate with honors from the University of Washington School of Dentistry, receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS).