Food and bacteria can become packed in the grooves of the back molars, and even the most careful brushing and flossing cannot fully clean these areas. Dental sealants are tooth colored coverings that protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by providing a barrier to food and bacteria. Application is simple and painless:
- The sealant is painted onto the tooth, filling depressions and grooves.
- Hardening takes place in just a matter of seconds.
- Most applications last several years with normal chewing and biting.
- Sealants can be reapplied as necessary.
Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as the biting surface of the teeth become visible — before decay has a chance to attack the teeth. Certain baby teeth may also require sealants. Teenagers and young adults who are prone to decay may also benefit from dental sealants. Sealants are a cost-effective prevention option, and when used along with regular dental check-ups and cleanings, provide the most effective defense for tooth decay. Sealants can apply during regular check-up appointments to eliminate the need for making a second appointment.