Dental Sealants: Defending Against Decay

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Brushing and flossing daily is imperative for gaining and upholding ideal oral health. However, even with proper brushing and flossing, it can be difficult to remove all of the plaque and food particles from the crevices of the back teeth. That’s where dental sealants come in! Dental sealant is a thin coating of resin that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Sealants prevent tooth decay by sealing out plaque.

Who is a candidate for dental sealants?
We recommend that children and teens have dental sealants placed on their premolars and permanent molars as they come in. If this is done, the sealants can help protect their teeth through the cavity-prone ages of 6 to 14. In some cases, our dentists in Provo, Utah, may also recommend dental sealants for baby teeth. If a child has deep grooves in their teeth, sealants can help protect them. Baby teeth hold the correct spacing for the permanent teeth, so it is important to keep them healthy so they are not lost too early.

How Long Will Dental Sealants Last?
Dental sealants can protect your teeth or your child’s teeth for up to 10 years. They need to be examined for chips and wear at your regular dental check-ups. When needed, our dentists can replace dental sealants.

For more information about the benefits of dental sealants and to schedule an appointment with our dentists, we welcome you to contact our dental office today. We are excited to get to know you and your family!