What Are Sealants?
Sealants are a noninvasive method for preventing tooth decay for your little ones. They’re made from a resin material that coats the chewing surfaces of the back teeth – which are those most susceptible to decay. This adds an extra layer of protection while these teeth grow and strengthen.
Sealants are applied in a fairly simple manner, and in just one visit. Any existing decay will be removed from your child’s teeth, and they’ll be cleaned and dried. The sealant material will be painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth and naturally bond to the tooth.
Are sealants only for children?
While sealants are most commonly used for children, they may also be used for adults with no cavities on their back molars.
How long do dental sealants last?
Sealants can last for around a decade or more with proper care.
Do I still need to brush and floss twice a day with sealants?
Yes! Sealants only protect those back chewing surfaces from decay, and even then still require regular brushing and flossing to remain as effective as possible. Good oral hygiene protects your entire mouth!