Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, 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, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from 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 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.
Dental sealants have been shown to be most effective on teeth when they are newly erupted in the mouth. This occurs in children at around 6 years of age and 12 years of age when their permanent molars erupt. Every child however develops differently, so the need for dental sealants should be evaluated on an individual basis.