It can be difficult to keep teeth healthy and strong, particularly at a young age. Children and teenagers don’t understand the benefits of proper oral hygiene, which makes them prone to cavities, decay, and even lifelong holes in their teeth. To protect smiles from a young age, Dr. Joe’s in Smithtown, NY offers dental sealants in a comfortable office for an affordable price to residents of Huntington and Commack.
Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating for the back molars. The plastic is applied in liquid form and painted onto the teeth after a regular exam and cleaning. As a liquid, the plastic can coat all of the small dips and crevices that make up the natural shape of the tooth. After a few minutes, the sealant will harden and create a protective shield so that plaque can no longer touch the enamel. Without plaque attacking the teeth, patients are less likely to develop cavities, tooth decay, and other dental issues.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends dental sealants be worn by all children between the ages of 6 and 14. During this stage in life, most children are expected to brush and care for their own teeth, but they have not yet learned discipline and the benefits of good oral hygiene. Wearing sealants at this age helps stop children and teenagers from developing cavities and potentially permanently damaging their teeth during their youth.
At Dr. Joe’s in Smithtown, NY, we also offer sealants to adult and elderly patients who would like extra protection. After all, cavities can and do occur at any age.
Properly applied and cared for dental sealants can last for ten years. During this period, our dentist in Smithtown, NY will regularly check the sealants during normal exams and cleanings to see if there are patches that need to be replaced. Patients can keep their sealants in place by avoiding brushing too hard and taking care of their teeth regularly.
If you are interested in dental sealants in Smithtown, NY, contact us at Dr. Joe’s today to schedule an exam and cleaning. We can then apply the sealants at the end of the appointment. We at Dr. Joe’s in Smithtown also offer dental exams and cleanings in Smithtown, NY.