Brushing alone can’t always get into the tiny grooves and cracks on your child’s teeth. These hard-to-reach spots can become homes for decay. To protect these vulnerable areas, we use sealants.
Dental sealants are protective coatings that settle into the deep grooves on a tooth, smoothing them out and making them less plaque-friendly. This makes brushing more efficient in combating decay.
Sealants are often applied once a child’s permanent teeth come in. They’re more commonly used on permanent teeth, but some situations might require them on baby teeth. They can last up to five years, and some even stay intact into adulthood. If a sealant does come off, it’s important to get it replaced to maintain that protective shield.