Adults Can Get Dental Sealants Too

Dental sealants in Scottsdale, AZ, are thin coatings that Dr. Owen Waldman or Dr. Jason Augustine paint onto the back teeth to prevent tooth decay and cavities. Children commonly receive dental sealants at preventive care appointments between six and 11 years of age.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that dental sealants prevent up to 80 percent of cavities in the back molar teeth. The CDC also states that 90 percent of tooth decay occurs in the back teeth. The statistic makes sense when you consider that it can be challenging for children to reach the back teeth with a toothbrush. The molar teeth also tend to fit together tighter than other teeth, making flossing more difficult as well.

How Do Dental Sealants Protect Teeth from Cavities?

The varnish that Dr. Waldman or Dr. Augustine paints onto a tooth prevents plaque and bacteria from invading it. The molar teeth’ deep pits, grooves, and fissures are especially vulnerable to decay. Oral hygiene plays the biggest role in whether cavities develop, but genetic factors also come into play. Providing patients with an added defense just makes sense in either case.

People of Any Age Can Benefit from Dental Sealants

As an adult, you may be at higher risk of tooth decay if your back teeth have deep pits or grooves since these features make teeth harder to clean. We are happy to apply dental sealants for adults or children who could use a little extra help keeping cavities away.

Contact Us to Schedule a Preventive Care Exam

Dental sealants in Scottsdale, AZ are just a small part of each routine check-up. We encourage you to request an appointment for yourself or your child if it has been more than six months since your last preventive care exam.

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