Dental Sealants

A dental sealant is a plastic material that is applied to the chewing/biting surface of a posterior (back) tooth. Toothbrush bristles can not remove the bacteria, and tiny bits of food that become trapped in the deep grooves of the top chewing surface of these teeth. The sealant acts to protect the biting surface of the tooth by providing a barrier and ‘sealing out’ bacteria and food. Dental sealants can help prevent decay. Dental sealants, along with a healthy diet, good oral home care, use of fluorides, and regular six month visits to your pediatric dentist are a powerful combination to ensuring optimal dental health for your child.