Dental sealants are made of a thin plastic coating, which is applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. They serve the purpose of protecting the teeth from decay. Many children and teens develop decay in these surfaces, and sealants work by protecting the chewing surfaces because they keep germs and food particles out of these grooves.
The benefits of dental sealants include:
- Protecting the teeth from permanent decay
- They are a part of child’s total preventive dental care
- They can last for as long as 5 to 10 years
- They are not visible when patients are smiling or talking
Although sealants are a great line of defense against tooth decay, it is still important to brush twice daily with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, and floss once a day as part of your preventive dental care. In addition, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, limiting snacks and regular check-ups are also key ingredients in preventing tooth decay.