What is a dental sealant? Also known as pit and fissure sealant, it is a thin plastic coating painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth–those teeth most prone to tooth decay—that hardens and bonds to the tooth to keep out bacteria and food particles.
Who should get sealants? Children and teenagers with permanent molars are the primary candidates benefitting from dental sealants, but adults who are cavity-prone can as well.
Besides the fact that dental sealants work with fluoride to help keep the top surfaces of your molars and pre-molars cavity-free, some other things to consider are:
— Sealants are applied in one visit by your dentist.
— The sealing process is completely painless.
— The sealing process is short and easy.
— Sealants can only be seen up close, so they are barely noticeable.
— Sealants are increasingly covered by insurance, and cost less than having a cavity filled.
— Sealants can usually last 5-7 years, but can go to 10 years if properly cared for and intact (no cracks and fissures in the sealant).
Don’t forget your daily brushing and flossing and yearly dental cleanings! Combined with dental sealants, using a fluoridated toothpaste or mouthwash can go a long way in keeping your teeth and gums healthy and cavity-free.
Please call our dental office if you have any questions about dental sealants or keeping your smile healthy and bright! 651-739-1894.