What are Dental Sealants?
Dental Sealants are thin plastic coatings at are applied to the grooves on te chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occur on these surfaces. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of the grooves.
Permanent molars are the most likely to benefit from sealants. The first molars usually come into the mouth when a child is about 6 years old. Second molars appear at about age 12. It is best if the sealant is applied as soon after the teeth erupted, before they have a chance to decay.
Sealants can only be seen close up. Sealants can be clear, white, or slightly tinted, and usually are not seen when a child talks or smiles.
A sealant can last for as long as 5 to 10 years. Sealants chould be checked at each regular dental appointment and can be reapplied if they are no longer in place.