Teeth are rough and uneven. Nature did not see fit to make them flat and easy to clean. In particular, the chewing surfaces of your rear molars are almost impossible to keep clear of food and bacteria. Yet, if you don’t keep these surfaces clean, the bacteria produce acids that cause tooth decay, cavities and worse.
The solution is a dental sealant. Dental sealants are a 35-year-old technology that we can use to coat your teeth in a resin-like material. This material is much harder to damage than tooth enamel. Bacteria find it impossible to erode with natural acids. Sealants are typically applied to molars and certain decay-prone areas. It can last up to several years, but we recommend regular check-ups and care to minimize the chance of damage.
Dental sealants are a good option for both adults and children, especially those children who are prone to tooth decay for one reason or another. Ask your dentist about your child’s risk of tooth decay and whether or not sealants are a good option. Sealants do not replace the need to brush and floss. They simply add an additional layer of protection to the existing teeth.