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What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a thin film we apply over molars to protect against cavities from tooth decay. They create a physical barrier that blocks plaque and tartar from gathering on the crevices on top of the back teeth. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), sealants can prevent the prevalence of cavities by almost 80%. This is why we offer them for children who are most likely to develop decay in this area. Sealants can help them prevent the need for fillings or crowns while they are still developing healthy oral hygiene habits.

Who Is Eligible For Sealants?

This treatment is typically given to children between the ages of 6 and 12 when each set of molars comes in. We expect to see the first set around age 6, while the second set appears around age 12. By sealing their molars as soon as they come in, we can help best protect them against the risk of decay.

How We Apply Dental Sealants

Applying your child’s sealants is quick and painless. We first clean the teeth thoroughly to remove any debris and provide a smooth surface. Using a small brush, we then apply a small sheet of sealant liquid into the crevices of each molar. To accelerate hardening, we shine a special light that sets the sealant within about 10 to 20 seconds. When each molar is covered, we inspect the alignment of your child’s bite. Once in place, they can protect the tooth for more than five years.