Sealants protect and seal off the “the nooks and crannies” on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant blocks out food particles that could get caught in the grooves of the teeth, causing cavities. Sealants are made of a whitish/clear, BPA free material and are applied to the teeth to help keep them cavity-free. Although they are very effective, they do not guarantee that your child will not get a cavity. Research shows they help prevent and reduce the incidences of dental caries when used in conjunction with healthy snacking, brushing, floss, and regular dental visits.
The application of a sealant is quick and comfortable. The tooth is first cleaned (shampooed!) and dried. The sealant material is then flowed into the pits and fissures (nooks and crannies) of the tooth and hardened by a special light (our blue Elsa light!). Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment.
Your pediatric dentist will check the sealants during routine dental visits and recommend re-application or repair when necessary.