Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted onto the chewing surface of your teeth. They are usually applied to the teeth in the back and help prevent tooth decay. The dental sealants bond into the grooves and depressions in your teeth and act as a protective shield. Though brushing and flossing do remove some of the food particles and plaque from the smooth surfaces on your teeth, it can’t always get into the crevices where food likes to hide. In essence, dental sealants protect the vulnerable areas of your teeth.
Who are Dental Sealants For?
Children and teens are excellent candidates for dental sealants as they hold a greater likelihood of developing decay in their back teeth. But that is not to say adults cannot benefit from dental sealants as they certainly will. Typically, children from the age of 6 to 14 benefit most from dental sealants as these are the cavity-prone years.
How are They Applied?
The application of a dental sealant is a painless and a rather simple process. The teeth are first cleaned thoroughly and each tooth is dried and wrapped to keep them dry. An acid solution is then applied to rough up the tooth surface to help bond the sealant to the teeth. The tooth is dried again and the sealant is applied and cured with light.
How Long Does It Last?
Sealants can last up to ten years but need to be checked on at regular intervals. For more information, call your East Brunswick dentist.