While brushing and flossing certainly are the best ways to prevent cavities, it’s hard to reach every nook and cranny of your teeth. This is especially true for your back teeth, commonly called molars.

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These teeth aren’t only the ones that you use most to chew, but are also leftover food particles and cavity-causing bacteria’s favorite place to hide. Luckily, there is another tool that you can add to your dental hygiene arsenal to safely keep those teeth beautifully clean. You can seal out tooth decay with sealants.


What Are Sealants?

Sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of your teeth to act as a shield over your enamel and effectively prevents toot decay. In fact, sealants are so effective that they reduce your risk of tooth decay in molars by almost 80%. Not to mention, the process of applying sealants is easy, fast, pain-free, and can be completed in a single dental appointment.

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Who Should Get Sealants?

Due to their high risk of developing cavities, children and teenagers are the best candidates for sealants. They should try to get sealants as soon as the permanent teeth come in. That way, the sealants can protect their smile during the most cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14. However, children aren’t the only ones who should consider sealants. Adults without any tooth decay or fillings in their molars can reap the benefits of sealants as well.

Sealants certainly aren’t a substitute for brushing and flossing your teeth, but they are a highly safe and effective way to further help your smile stay cavity-free. Contact our friendly and experienced dental team at Family Dentistry of Boynton Beach for more information or to schedule your appointment today.

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