Sealants are a common preventive treatment in dentistry. Some teeth have fine grooves or pits that accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because the grooves are too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. When plaque accumulates, it can lead to cavities and other types of tooth decay. To apply sealants, a plastic material is brushed onto the tooth, filling these narrow grooves and preventing the cavity-causing buildup. Sealants make healthy teeth possible.
Who can benefit from sealants?
Baby Teeth — It’s possible for baby teeth to develop deep groves. Protecting these grooves with sealants can reduce the risk of future cavities.
Children and Teenagers — The most common time to develop cavities is between ages 6-16. Sealants can protect growing permanent teeth.
Adults — Tooth surfaces that have deep grooves but are not yet experiencing decay can be protected and preserved with sealants.