What are Sealants?
Sealants are thin plastic coatings that protect the chewing surfaces of children’s back teeth from decay (cavities). A natural tooth has small pits and grooves along the surface. Food and germs can get stuck in the rough surfaces and stay there for a long time because toothbrush bristles cannot brush them away. Sealants fill in the grooves and keep the food out.
Why are They Needed?
Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as they come in–before decay attacks the teeth. Sealants, daily brushing and flossing, drinking fluoridated water, and regular dental check-ups are an important part of your child’s oral health and the best defense against tooth decay.