To help protect the chewing surfaces of the back teeth – pre-molars and molars – we may recommend applying a sealant to your child’s teeth. Made of plastic material, the sealant is “painted” on teeth where bonds directly to the tooth and hardens.
A sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and usually last several years before a reapplication is needed.
Because the likelihood of developing tooth decay which leads to cavities begins early in life, children and teens are perfect candidates for sealant application. But adults can benefit from sealants, too. You are never too old or too young to prevent cavities!
Dr. Haring, Dr. Sophie and Dr. Kelly can share additional information about sealants and all the ways we can work together to help your child stay cavity free for life.