Dental sealants are a fantastic way to protect your teeth from dental decay and prevent cavities in children.
A dental sealant is a clear, plastic coating applied to the surface of your tooth. The sealant material serves as a barrier between your tooth enamel and the harmful bacteria in your mouth.
Sealants are applied in quick and easy appointments. First your dentist will thoroughly clean the surfaces of the teeth that are going to be sealed. Then an acid solution is applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth. The solution roughens the teeth’s texture and helps in the sealant bonding process. Your dentist will then rinse and dry your teeth and paint on the sealant material. Sometimes a curing light is used to help the sealant harden.
Sealants can last for up to ten years though they need to be checked for chipping and wearing at regular dental appointments. Sealants are typically applied to the molars and premolars at the back of the mouth. They are highly recommended for children (the age group most prone to cavities) but can also be a great option for adults too.