Adult dental sealants are more popular now than ever before, and they are a great way to protect tooth enamel and avoid painful cavities that might be expensive to treat. By understanding the warning signs of cavities and other oral health concerns, you can make an informed decision as to whether or not adult dental sealants are right for you.

When to consider adult dental sealants

The main purpose of adult dental sealants is to prevent cavities, but they have other benefits as well and can be used for more than just cavity prevention. The following information is three of the more notable signs that it is time to consider sealants as a way to protect the health of teeth long-term. 

Increased risk of cavities

Perhaps the most common reason adults choose dental sealants is to significantly reduce the risk of developing a cavity. The fact is that some people are at a higher risk of developing cavities than others, and anyone who is more prone to tooth decay should consider the benefits of sealants. Dental enamel is incredibly important to tooth health, and once it is gone, it never comes back. Tooth decay on premolars and molars, which dental sealants most often protect, often leads to an inability to eat normally and might cause cosmetic concerns, which is why it is important to protect the enamel from damage.

Plaque and tartar buildup

One of the major signs that cavities might develop in the near future is plaque and tartar buildup. The best way to prevent plaque and tartar buildup is to practice good oral hygiene, which should include brushing, flossing and using mouthwash each day. Additionally, it is important to check for any signs of oral health concerns, which should include looking for plaque buildup. In some instances, plaque and tartar can build up on teeth further back in the mouth despite efforts to prevent it, especially when teeth are crooked or overcrowded, and there are certain areas that are harder to reach. 

Teeth discoloration

Teeth discoloration is a highly concerning sign that cavities are likely to develop if proper action is not taken in an effective and efficient manner. Most understand teeth discoloration as when teeth turn yellow, but any unnatural and unexpected change in tooth color might be a concern, even in some instances when a tooth becomes whiter in a certain area. The best way to prevent teeth discoloration is to keep the surface of enamel clean and free from plaque as much as possible, which might include brushing, using mouthwash and drinking water throughout the day to avoid dry mouth. 

Talk to a dentist about adult dental sealants

If you are interested in adult dental sealants as a way to protect your teeth and avoid the need for a dental filling, which can cost money and cause some discomfort, then consult with us today and schedule a time to come into our office for a visit to find out how we can help. 

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