Sealants are a safe, painless, and low-cost way to help protect back teeth from decay. Sealants are most often placed on children’s teeth, but adults can also benefit from them.
Sealants are a thin, plastic, tooth-colored or clear coating that is bonded to the chewing surfaces of the molars and pre-molars.
This forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay.
Pediatric sealants have been used for more than 30 years. The chewing surfaces of the back teeth have tiny grooves that form as each tooth develops.
Because the bristles of a toothbrush can't get down into these tiny grooves to remove trapped food and bacteria, this is where most pediatric tooth decay occurs.
Sealants last for many years if properly cared for, so for your child’s baby teeth, the protection will outlive the teeth themselves!
When sealants are used on your child’s adult teeth, they can last up to 10 years, protecting the molars when they’re most prone to cavities. If a sealant breaks or chips, it can be easily repaired or reapplied.
Learn more about children’s dental care at Sleep Dentistry of Portland.