What are sealants?
A dental sealant is a very simple and thin plastic coating applied to the chewing (occlusal) surface of the permanent back teeth. Sealants are generally used in children’s preventative dentistry, but can be recommended to adults pending their risk for decay.
Why are sealants placed on teeth?
Back teeth have many grooves and pits that attract food debris and germs. This can harbor bacteria and leave the teeth vulnerable to decay. When a sealant is applied to a tooth, it acts as a barrier to germs, making it less likely that a cavity will form.
The more you know…
Given the proper care and good oral hygiene, dental sealants can last for many years. They are also considered to be a very affordable yet valuable prevention method. Most insurance companies cover the procedure taking in to account the cost of prevention may be cheaper than the cost of future decay.
Dr. Snider frequently recommends sealants to parents who have children with erupting permanent molars. Wondering if sealants may be next step for your child? Call our office or visit our website today!
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