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Dental sealants are strongly recommended by the American Dental Association and are considered the current standard of care for children. These tooth colored plastic coatings are placed in the grooves of children’s 6 year and 12 year molars and virtually “seal” the teeth shut from decay. The process is accomplished in minutes without injections or the use of drills.

The tooth is treated with an etching and bonding agent which render the tooth very clean and creates microscopic pores into which the sealant is placed. When the sealant is painted on, it is then exposed to an ultraviolet light which causes it to cure or harden into place.

When combined with Digital x-rays and the “Diagnodent”cavity detection system, children’s teeth have every opportunity to be preserved “cavity free” well into adulthood. Add regular cleanings, check- ups and fluoride treatments, and you can begin to see why we think that your children’s teeth can last to age 105.

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Q: Do all teeth require sealants?

A: Usually we recommend sealants on the permanent molars as soon as they are erupted.

Q: If sealants are placed, do I still need to brush my molars?

A: Absolutely, remember the sealant only fills in the grooves of the teeth and brushing the entire tooth to ensure that all of the plaque is removed down to the gum line is essential.

Q: Can sealants come off?

A: Yes, they are not indestructible. It is very important to have the sealed teeth checked every six months when the teeth are cleaned and to have any necessary repairs performed at that time.

Q: How long can sealants last?

A: The actual time may vary from individual to individual. The actual goal is to protect the teeth so that they make it to adulthood without restorations. I have seen many sealants on adults in their 30’s.Remember sealants protect the chewing surface, you still must floss in order to avoid cavities in between the adult teeth.