When we talk about cavities, we often don’t think about the rate of decay being a spectrum. In other words, not all people will get cavities at the same rate or for the same reasons. It’s important to know your own risks and how to protect your teeth effectively. Could dental sealants be right for your teeth?
The hard truth is that some people will hardly ever have to worry about decay, while others will not be able to escape it! We call people in the latter group cavity-prone because they are probably going to be sitting in our chair far more often than anyone else.
What Makes Teeth Cavity-Prone
There are two major components to teeth being cavity prone, and you will fall into one category or the other. A rare group of people will fall into both categories. The first category is poor oral hygiene. This means that you don’t brush, floss, or see the dentist. Of course that would leave your teeth prone to decay.
The second category is genetics. Genetics affect how strong your tooth enamel is, the shape of your tooth, and how drawn you are to sugar and sweets. If you have weak tooth enamel or the crevices in your teeth are very deep, you will be more likely to develop cavities than someone who doesn’t have those genetic differences.
How Sealants Make the Difference
Luckily, there is a solution for those prone to cavities. The solution is called dental sealants, and they are completely effective! A dental sealant is a liquid that we paint on the chewing surfaces of your teeth. That liquid dries quickly to form a protective layer between your tooth enamel and the decay-causing bacteria in your mouth.
Dental sealants will last for a few years before needing to be replaced or repaired. In that time, you will experience a reprieve from the constant cavities. Sealants are good for adults, but they will also work great for kids!
Could dental sealants be the solution for your smile? Contact us today to set up a consultation or appointment where we can discuss this option for you. We would love to help you have a happier, healthier smile very soon!