Sometimes brushing is not enough. Everyone has hard-to-reach spots in their mouth and brushing doesn't always fully clean those difficult places.
When that happens, you are at risk of tooth decay. Using sealants on your teeth gives you an extra line of defense against tooth decay
Dental sealant is a plastic resin that bonds to the deep grooves in your tooth's chewing surface. When sealing a tooth, the grooves of your teeth are filled, making the tooth surface smoother & less likely to harbor plaque.
With sealants, tooth brushing becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.
Sealants are usually applied to children's teeth as a preventative measure during the years they are most prone to tooth decay.
Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from cavities by covering them with a protective shield that blocks out food & germs. Once applied, sealants protect against 80% of cavities for 2 years and continue to protect against 50% of cavities for up to 4 years.
It is more common to seal "permanent" teeth rather than "baby" teeth, but every child has unique needs. Sealants are recommended on a case-by-case basis.
Sealants generally last from 3 to 5 years. However, it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from their childhood.
A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if you notice the sealant comes off you must let us know.