Being a family friendly dental office means we have numerous patients who are children. Parents often ask us about sealants and if we are an office that recommends them. Of course we are! Preventing cavities is one of our main goals for all of our patients no matter what their age. Preventing decay is especially important to those who are younger and are just getting their grown up teeth. Sealants can reduce a patient from getting a cavity by more than 70%.
So what is a sealant? A sealant is a thin plastic film painted on the chewing surface of permanent molars and sometimes premolars to prevent cavities. These are the teeth that are most susceptible to dental caries (decay) due to having many grooves and pits on the chewing surface of the teeth. It’s a simple procedure we can usually do at cleaning appointments that can last for many years.