Both children and adults are prone to cavities for many reasons, one of which is the neglect of proper oral hygiene habits. Children, especially, are prone to skipping their oral hygiene routine because of how monotonous and boring it can sometimes seem to them. However, children are not the only ones who can neglect caring for their teeth as they should. Adults can be just as guilty! According to research, when children develop good oral hygiene habits early, they are more likely to stick with them for the rest of their lives. This is why at Bearley Dental in Charlottesville, Virginia, Dr. Daniel Bearley and his team are excited to offer dental sealants for both children and adults.
For children, one reason they are more prone to cavities is that their baby teeth have many more nooks and crannies, making it much easier for harmful bacteria and debris to accumulate. And the longer bacteria and debris are trapped, the more decay can spread. A dentist like Dr. Bearley often uses dental sealants to form a protective coating, sealing problematic nooks and crannies while protecting your child’s teeth from oral decay. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends children under 18 for increased protection from cavities. Dental sealants are effective long-term solutions to help prevent cavities in children and adults.
Dental sealants can also be applied to adult teeth. It is less common, but it can be done. These sealants can be 80 percent effective during the first two years after application and 50 percent effective for another two years. Plus, if the sealant bond is damaged or thins out, it can be re-applied again during a routine dental exam. This preventative care can help minimize cavities essential for maintaining the best oral health and a dazzling smile. At Bearley Dental, Dr. Bearley offers patients dental sealants plus a range of helpful treatments to help each patient maintain healthy smiles that last a lifetime.
Call Bearley Dental at (434) 443-8034 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bearley, who will help you maintain a brighter, healthier smile. Our office is at 901 Preston Ave, Ste 200, Charlottesville, VA 22903.