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Dental Sealants: What, Why, How?

March 19, 2019

Dental Sealants

WHAT ARE SEALANTS?

Sealants are a material applied to the chewing surfaces of your back permanent teeth (molars). It fills in the grooves and pits in your teeth and then hardens. The sealant forms a barrier against acid attacks. They are normally placed after age 6 and age 12, when these permanent molars are fully erupted in the mouth.

Sealant

(cdc.gov)

WHY DOES MY CHILD NEED SEALANTS?

Prevention is always better than treatment. Sealants are very useful in preventing tooth decay on your back teeth—tooth decay often begins on these areas of the teeth. Plaque, bacteria, and food can get trapped in these grooves.

HOW ARE THEY APPLIED?

The tooth is cleaned and then a sealant is “painted” into the chewing surface of the tooth. We use a light known as a “Curing Light” to help the material harden and bond to the tooth. They are smooth and can’t be detected by touch.

ARE SEALANTS SAFE?

Sealants are safe, and they are effective. On permanent molars, sealants reduce the risk of cavities by 80%. (Journal of American Dental Association. Accessed March 13, 2019)

Sealants are Safe

If you have additional questions regarding sealants or want to know if your child is ready for them, don’t hesitate to ask.

 

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Tonya R. Triplett, DDS
Jerry L. Sanders, DDS
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