Your dentist, especially as a child, may have suggested sealants as a treatment option to keep your teeth free of cavities. What exactly are sealants? Sealants are a thin coating that cover all grooves on the on the tops of your teeth where you bite food. Though sealants do not substitute for brushing and flossing all surfaces of your teeth and gums, they can prevent cavities from forming.
The American Dental Association posted a statistic that “sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars.” Considering that molars (your back teeth) are the most common teeth to form decay, sealants have shown to be an effective treatment.
According to the ADA, sealants can be thought of as “raincoats” for your teeth. Cavity-causing bacteria from foods and drinks that we eat cannot seep under the “raincoat,” which helps prevent decay from occurring on your actual tooth surface.
Sealants are applied in a quick and painless way. Usually, pediatric dental offices apply sealants from ages 6-12 as sealing teeth right as they erupt can prevent early cavities in life. Sealants typically last upwards of several years before they need to be reapplied.
Want to know more? Take the American Dental Association Quiz on Sealants here: “Seal” Out Decay!