WHAT IS A SEALANT?
A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. This is where decay most often occurs.
WHAT DOES A SEALANT DO?
A sealant prevents tooth decay. It covers the pits and grooves of chewing surfaces and seals out decay-causing food and germs.
WHEN SHOULD SEALANTS BE PLACED?
Sealants are most beneficial if they are placed on permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in.
The first permanent molars grow in between the ages of 5 and 7. The second permanent molars grow in between the ages of 11 and 14.
HOW IS A SEALANT PLACED?
A sealant is placed by a dental professional. The procedure is simple and painless. It takes only a few minutes. The tooth is cleaned and treated with a solution that allows the sealant to stick to the tooth. Sealants are painted on as a liquid and quickly harden to form a shield over the tooth.
HOW LONG WILL A SEALANT LAST?
Sealants can last for up to 10 years or more. They can be checked at dental visits to see if they need to be replaced.