Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the biting surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids.
We generally recommend sealants be placed on children’s 1st adult molars after they are completely erupted, around age 7, and placed on their second molars after they have erupted around age 12. We usually only recommend sealant for primary teeth if the child has a high caries index.
Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your child’s teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing can’t reach.
Easy to apply, sealants take only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed.
Children and even some adults can benefit from sealants in the fight against tooth decay.