Pit and fissure sealants are highly effective in preventing decay of the chewing teeth. This is especially important for children’s dental health. Dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves and pits, acting as a barrier or shield and protecting enamel from bacterial plaque and acids.
Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach.
Easy for the hygienist or doctor to apply, sealants take only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed. Nearly all children need sealants by age 7 and again around age 13 to protect their permanent first and second molars from the ravages of tooth decay. Sealants are examined at every recall visit to be sure they are still present and protecting the teeth.
Children and adults can benefit from sealants in the fight against tooth decay.