Did you know that dental sealants can prevent cavities (tooth decay) for many years? Parents can elect to have their dentist cover the hard to reach molars in the back of their children’s mouths to protect the chewing surfaces from cavities for years at a time. Sealants provide a protective shield that blocks out germs and food. Once applied, sealants protect against 80% of cavities for 2 years and continue to protect against 50% of cavities for up to 4 years.1
What they are made of
Dental sealants are clear composite resin coatings that are painted over the chewing surfaces of the back teeth—the place where your child is most likely to get tooth decay.
How they protect
Sealants act as an effective barrier against sugar, acid, bacteria, and plaque to protect the deep grooves of the back teeth.
A sealed tooth is far less likely to develop a cavity. A tooth with a cavity is sick, making your child’s mouth and overall health compromised.
How Sealants Are Applied
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Source: “Sealants for preventing and arresting pit-and-fissure occlusal caries in primary and permanenet molars.” Journal of the American Dental Association.