One way to protect children’s teeth is by having enamel sealants placed. Enamel sealants are whitish plastic coatings for the chewing surfaces of the molars where there may be tiny grooves and pits. The plastic coat keeps the bacterial plaque and food out of these areas since they might cause dental decay. They are usually placed on a child’s permanent back teeth or molars as soon as the crown top has fully erupted into the mouth. The average age for this process is initially around 6-7 years and then later, at around 12-14 years. Some adults may benefit from this treatment also.
DENTAL SEALANTS (ALT CONTENT)
Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth.
Dental sealants effectively “seals” the deep grooves, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids.
Dental sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach.
Easy to apply, dental sealants take only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed.
Children and adults can benefit from dental sealants in the fight against tooth decay.