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Do you tend to eat a lot of sugary sweets or drink excessive amounts of sugary drinks? There are harmful bacteria in your mouth that can convert these ingredients into dangerous acids capable of chewing through tooth enamel, putting you at an increased risk of cavities and many other oral health issues. Dental sealants can be used to protect your back teeth from any damage that could occur to the chewing areas of your teeth. Listed below are some frequently asked questions about dental sealants:

Question: At what age can dental sealants be used?
– Dental sealants are effective from the time molars have erupted above the gums to the time of tooth death. Typically, the first molar begins to show around 6 years of age.

Question: What are dental sealants?
– Dental sealants are plastic treatments placed on teeth in the back of your mouth to prevent cavities. Typically, they are used for individuals who are highly susceptible or prone to tooth decay.

Question: What are the benefits of dental sealants?
– Dental sealants can protect against cavities, lower the risk of tooth decay, and prevent acids from doing any damage to the tooth enamel. A typical dental sealant can last over ten years.

If you have ever suffered from a cavity or are showing signs of tooth decay, contact Wassif Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 410-687-1162 to see if dental sealants are right for you. To schedule an oral examination with Dr. Cindy Wassif and our team at our dentist office in Middle River, Maryland, please contact us at your earliest convenience. It’s never too late to start taking steps to a healthier you.