Dentists recommend that people keep their teeth healthy by brushing twice a day and flossing at least daily. Mouthwash is another habit that is commonly recommended. However, some people will continue to get cavities in spite of taking good care of their teeth. All teeth are not formed the same way. According to most professionals, some people are more likely to get cavities due to their genes; teeth with more crevices are more likely to trap bacteria and plaque, and some people naturally have teeth made from softer enamel.

Fortunately, if you are prone to cavities, there is an option for you to consider. Dental sealants can protect your teeth and help you prevent cavities. Here are four things you should know about dental sealants:

1. They are not just for children.

Dental sealants are commonly given to children, who may not have the attention spans or hand-eye coordination to take proper care of their teeth. However, there is no age limit on dental sealants. It can be applied to teeth regardless of your age. Many adults with soft tooth enamel can benefit from dental sealants.

2. They are invisible.

You may be concerned about the appearance of your teeth changing after dental sealants are applied. Dental sealants are made from a gel which is hardened using a special light. Once the gel is fully hardened, there will be a plastic coating over your tooth that is clear and invisible, so you don't have to worry about your teeth looking any different. No one will be able to tell you're wearing dental sealants.

3. They do not hurt.

Getting dental sealants is not an invasive process. You shouldn't experience any pain when your dentist applies sealants to your teeth. Your dentist will first clean your teeth as they would during a normal checkup. Next, they will dry your tooth and apply the sealant. Finally, the sealant will be allowed to dry. The entire process should be comfortable and pain free.

4. They can last for several years.

Dental sealants are a long-term solution. While they will eventually wear away as you chew, they can last several years. During this time, you should notice that you have fewer cavities, especially if you continue to take excellent care of your teeth by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. When they eventually wear off, dental sealants can be reapplied at anytime for ongoing protection.

For more information on dental services, contact a professional.