Dental sealants are a thin coating that is painted on the teeth’s chewing surfaces. The back teeth are frequently sealed to protect them from tooth decay. The sealant bonds effectively to the grooves of each tooth, and shield it from cavities. Sealants are used in addition to brushing and flossing to keep food and bacteria from causing excess plaque on your child’s teeth.
Children and teenagers remain the perfect candidates for dental sealants to help them stay cavity-free. Sealants should be placed on a child’s permanent molars promptly after they emerge. However, baby teeth with deep grooves should also be sealed.
During the sealing application, the dentist will:
- Thoroughly clean the teeth to be sealed.
- Dry the teeth.
- Put an acid solution on the teeth that helps the sealant stick to the child’s teeth.
- Rinse and dry the teeth.
- Paint the sealant on each tooth’s enamel.
- Cure the coating with a specific sealing light.
Sealants can last for up to ten years before they need to be reapplied.