What are Dental Sealants?

Parents can decide whether to get sealants for their kids around age five to seven, when their first molars grow into the back of the mouth. A second set of sealants is recommended when the “12-year” molars come in between ages 11 and 14. 

Getting sealants is routine and painless, and often scheduled at the same time as a general checkup. Many insurance companies cover sealants since they present an established way to target dental problems before they begin. That saves everyone money!

Dentists recommend sealants to prevent the cavities and decay that are commonly seen in young people, who sometimes need help with establishing good oral health care. Fully getting particles out of the grooves in those hard to reach places in the mouth is tough, admittedly.

A sealant is made from clear or white colored plastic. It is sturdy, thin and provides a strong coating. The procedure happens in steps:

Sealants cover the grooves—which are often called “pits and fissures” by dentists--on the back teeth, which is where the teeth move when biting. As time passes, the sealants act as a shield. That in turn makes it hard for germs, food particles, acids (from sugar and food) and plaque to build up and damage the tooth grooves and surface areas.  

Consulting with Dr. Amores can help you decide which sealant option is best.

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