A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating that is painted on the chewing surface of teeth, most commonly on hard to reach molars. The sealant is used as an extra layer of protection against tooth decay or cavities.
Brushing and flossing regularly is the main key in cavity prevention and always will be, however brushing and flossing alone does not always remove all of the food particles that get lodged in the nooks and crannies of teeth. This is why some who are prone to decay choose to utilize dental sealants on top of their regular oral care regimen.
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Children and teens are often advised to get sealants because of the likelihood of developing decay in molars and premolars. If children get sealants put on their molars and premolars as soon as the teeth come in, then the sealants will protect these molars during their cavity-prone years.
Dental sealants take very little time to apply and the process is painless. Once on, they will protect your teeth for about 10 years. However, the dentist will continually check them for chipping during your regular dental check-ups.
Talk to the dentist if you’d like to learn more about dental sealants and to see if they are good option for you. Many insurance companies cover the cost of sealants so it very well may be an excellent and easy choice for you if you are prone to decay.