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Dental Sealants

Add an extra layer of protection to your teeth

Sealants protect teeth against decay and cavities and are commonly used to protect molars. Molars are vulnerable to cavities and decay for two reasons. First, molars are used to chew and are constantly exposed to food mixed with saliva. Second, molars are located in the back of the mouth and are more difficult to clean.

In children, molars begin to appear between the ages of 5 and 7, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11 and 14. It is best to have a sealant treatment when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected.

Sealant treatment begins when an adhesive is applied to the teeth that are to be treated. The sealant is then spread over the adhesive as a liquid. The liquid hardens, creating a barrier between your tooth and any plaque, food particles or bacteria that might collect. Sealants last for about 10 years and can be reapplied if necessary.