Although we encourage optimal oral hygiene at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners in Newton, MA, we also know how tempting it is to fall asleep at night without brushing or flossing.
Although missing out on a brushing session doesn’t seem like the end of the world, it all adds up over time. Plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth, slowly eroding the hard exterior enamel and causing cavities and even infections.
To protect your teeth even during the messiest and busiest of days, we’re proud to offer dental sealants to our patients here in Newton, MA.
A dental sealant is a thin plastic layer that is painted onto the back molars and then allowed to harden, forming a semi-permanent seal that protects the enamel from plaque. Although some people think sealants are applied to the entire mouth, our dentists here at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners recommend they be placed only on the back teeth.
The molars suffer the most from cavities and similar plaque problems because the bristles of the toothbrush do not quite reach all of the small nooks and crannies on the cusps and between the gums.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends dental sealants be used on individuals who are between the ages of six and fourteen. At this point in life, boys and girls are just beginning to practice oral hygiene on a regular basis. Before the age of six, parents usually help children brush their teeth. After, children are left to their own devices.
Kids are notorious for avoiding brushing their teeth, especially because it seems time-consuming and unpleasant. The result is these kids are more likely to get cavities and cause lasting damage. Because we care about ensuring all of our patients maintain optimal oral health and wellness, we at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners recommend the parents of all children consider dental sealants.