Food and bacteria can become packed in the grooves of the back molars, and even the most careful brushing and flossing cannot thoroughly clean these areas. Dental sealants are clear coverings that protect the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the tooth from decay by providing a barrier to food and bacteria. Application is simple and painless:
- The tooth is cleaned.
- The sealant is painted onto the tooth, filling depressions and grooves.
- Hardening takes place in just a matter of seconds with a light.
- 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 teeth come in — before decay attacks the teeth. Teenagers and young adults who are prone to decay may also need 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. We at Tooth Buds Pediatric Dentistry can assess whether sealants are appropriate for your child and apply them during a regular check-up.