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Sealants: How They can Help Fight Tooth Decay

Sealants

What are Sealants?

    They are a thin, plastic protective coating placed on the pits/groves located on the chewing surface of your back teeth (molars/premolars).

How do they work?

   The protective coating helps keep cavities and bacteria from settling on the tooth surface where they can create holes.

Who can benefit from sealants?

   Everyone. Adults and children

   It's recommended that sealants be placed on permanent first molars around the age of 6 years old and when the second permanent molars appear around the age of 12 years old.

   The ADA has reported that having sealants placed on molar teeth can reduce the risk of tooth decay by 80%. However, Sealants are not a substitute for good brushing and flossing.

Does it hurt?

   Sealants are a quick and painless procedure that requires the chewing surface of the tooth to be cleaned and dried prior to the placement of the sealant which is harden using a special curing light.

Sealants can last several years if taken care of properly.

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