What Are Sealants
Tooth sealants are a simple and painless tooth protection painted on back teeth. Sealants are applied as a liquid and harden to create a shield over the tooth. Sealants are an excellent way to avoid tooth decay on back teeth that don’t receive their fair share of fluoride from drinking water and fluoride toothpaste. Sealants help avoid fillings, crowns, or caps used to fix decayed teeth.
Who Should Get Sealants
Young children should get sealants placed on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in, usually between 5 and 7 years of age. 12 year molars may require sealant as well when the child is between 11 and 14. Sometimes, we recommend sealants for baby teeth.
Do Sealants Last A Long Time
Regularly checked sealants can last up to 10 years if they aren’t chipped or worn too thin. In most cases, more sealant can be added by if needed.