Dental sealants are a preventative care treatment primarily used to protect children’s back teeth from decay, because of our commitment to good oral health for our patients, we offer free dental sealants for children under the age of 11. To seal molars, we will apply clear or tooth-colored liquid plastic over the top surface of teeth, then use a gentle light to harden the material. Over the course of a many years, sealants wear off naturally. However, we will check the sealants at regular exams to ensure they remain effective.
Who Needs Sealants?
We usually recommend sealants for children under the age of 14, who have developed molars, because back teeth can be difficult to keep clean with brushing and flossing. Adults often already have some bacteria on molars, so sealing can be detrimental, actually retaining bacteria rather than protecting against it. In rare cases, the dentist may suggest sealants for adults.
Because proper hygiene, such as biannual exams and brushing and flossing, isn’t always practiced at a young age, dental decay can begin early and create further problems into adulthood. Once dental decay has started, it’s actually impossible to restore the tissue, which is why dental sealants are an excellent approach for controlling cavities and tooth decay.