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 clear plastic 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 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. The Growing Smiles Dental Care can apply them during a regular check-up.