Everything You Need To Know About Sealants

If there was an easy way to prevent something from happening before it happens would you do it? Why not, right? Brushing and flossing are the best ways to prevent cavities but sealants are the next best thing.

What is a sealant?
A sealant is a protective coat that is applied on the chewing surface of premolars and molars. It is a plastic material that bonds to the grooves of your tooth and helps protect them against cavities.

What is the purpose of sealants?
Molars and pre molars have so many nooks and grooves that the bristles of a toothbrush can’t always get in there to keep it clean. Food particles and plaque settle on these surfaces and cause cavities. Sealants are suggested for people that have no decay on their back teeth. Sealants are a thin covering that act as a barrier against the bacteria that settles in those groves to help decrease the risk of decay.

How are sealants applied?

Getting sealants is completely pain free and only takes a few minutes. First, the tooth that the sealant will be applied to must be cleaned and dried. Once the tooth is ready, the sealant is “painted” on; almost like a clear nail polish. The sealant will then harden and bond to your tooth. To finish it off, a special light is used to help the sealant harden.

Sealants are fairly inexpensive. In fact, they are typically covered by your insurance. But keep in mind that there is usually an age limit for the insurance so when it comes to sealants the earlier you get them, the better. Since sealants help prevent cavities it can save you a lot of money in the future. Prevention is always better than treatment.