Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the top of your back teeth to protect them from decay. By applying sealants to the areas of the tooth where children and teens typically experience decay, you drastically decrease their chances of cavities.
It is best to apply sealants to primary “baby” teeth and secondary “adult” teeth right after they erupt. This protects them before they have a chance to get decay.
The process of applying sealants is quick, easy and painless. A clear gel is applied to the teeth and it hardens into place. Sealants are virtually undetectable and very hard to see. They are often clear or very slightly tinted.
Sealants are important because they prevent the teeth from getting decay. Fluoride also helps prevent decay. Decay can cause pain for children and adults and prevention is always more comfortable and affordable.
For more information about dental sealants, contact your dentist.