Wouldn’t it be great if you could put a protective coating over your teeth to help keep cavities away? Sealants can give you that very protection!
A dental sealant is a thin, protective coating that is essentially “painted” over the chewing surfaces of teeth. Usually applied to the back teeth or molars, sealants quickly bond into each tooth’s depressions and grooves, sealing the deal over the tooth’s enamel.
Sealants are used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because you don’t brush, but because these grooves and pits are too narrow to allow even one bristle into them.
These will develop cavities over time, and you don’t want that. So your dentist or hygienist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
Sealants are ideal for children and teenagers who have yet to develop cavities in their back teeth. Typically, children should get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in, which is usually around the age of 6. Sealants can then protect the teeth through their cavity-prone years.
Adults can also protect their back teeth or molars with sealants. As long as you do not have cavities or fillings in your teeth, it is never too late to guard those teeth against decay!
Applying a sealant to a tooth is a quick and painless process. We can include it as part of your regularly scheduled six-month cleaning appointment. Just let us know you’d like to learn more about sealing the deal with sealants, to find out if it is a good option for your teeth!