Learn about Dental Sealants

Dental sealants act as a barrier, protecting the teeth against decay-causing bacteria. The sealants are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often.

Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, but toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food.

Sealants are recommended for children and adults

While kids have been indulging in treats like soda, ice cream and candy during their time away from school now would be an ideal time to start the year off fresh with a dental cleaning and sealants. Sealants can help prevent tooth decay that could result from non-treated cavities.

The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious candidates, but adults can benefit from sealants as well. Sealants are typically covered by most dental insurance policies.

Key ingredients in preventing tooth decay and maintaining a healthy mouth are twice-daily brushing with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste; cleaning between the teeth daily with floss or interdental cleaners; eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks; and visiting your dentist regularly. Call us at 23rd Street Dental to see whether sealants can put extra power behind your prevention program.