Sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay and cavities on the chewing surfaces of your molars and premolars. These areas are susceptible to cavities due to the deep grooves and pits.
Typically, children get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in. These sealants can protect the teeth through the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14. However, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.
Sealants act as a barrier and protect the enamel from plaque and acids. They may last for several years before a reapplication is needed. As long as the sealant remains intact the tooth surface will be protected from decay.
Sealants are not a substitute for brushing your teeth. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene and keep up with professional dental cleanings. Sealants do not protect the smooth surfaces of teeth, so it is essential to continue to brush and floss daily. Contact our office for more information.