Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your child’s mouth. It is difficult for a toothbrush to reach to the bottom of the deep small grooves on teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give your son or daughter’s teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are plastic resins that bond and harden in the deep grooves on the tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth, and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.
Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure against tooth decay after their permanent teeth have appeared. It is more common to seal “permanent” teeth rather than “baby” teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and our office will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.