A winter coat protects you from cold temperatures; a raincoat from a downpour. Dental sealants are like coats, protecting your child’s teeth from harsh elements and decay. Here’s how.
Dental sealants fill in the grooves on the chewing surfaces of teeth with a thin, plastic-like coating. We usually apply them to permanent molars (back teeth) soon after they erupt usually between the ages of 6 to 8 to prevent bacteria and food from getting stuck in the creases.
The application process is easy and painless. We simply “paint” the sealants on a clean, dry tooth surface and then harden it with a special light. We can do this in one office visit. The sealants may feel and taste funny for 24hrs but the child can eat and drink right away without any restrictions. Sealants are virtually invisible and an important part of a child’s preventive dental care. Once applied, a sealant holds up well under the forces of normal chewing and can help prevent tooth decay for 5 to 10 years.