Sealants; a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth, usually the molars and premolars are designed to help prevent tooth decay. They form a protective shield or barrier over those hard to clean areas that are most prone to tooth decay. Once applied, when combined with proper brushing and flossing, they can help protect your teeth for many years but will need to be checked at your regular dental visits.
At Dentistry by Design our recommendations for sealants are:
- Children and teenagers – As soon as the molars and premolars come in. This will help protect those teeth throughout the most cavity prone years.
- Adults – When tooth surfaces have deep groves or when conditions exist which may make older adults more prone to tooth decay.
- Baby teeth – On occasion when teeth have deep groves and may become more prone to tooth decay.
Ask our dentist or hygienist at your next visit if sealants are right for you or your child.