Even with proper brushing and flossing, it can be difficult to remove all of the plaque and food particles from the crevices of the back teeth. That’s where dental sealants come in! Dental sealant is a thin coating of resin that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Sealants prevent tooth decay by sealing out plaque and food particles.
Children and teens should have dental sealants placed on their premolars and permanent molars as they come in. If this is done, the sealants can help protect their teeth through the cavity-prone ages of 6 to 14. Adults with no decay or dental fillings in their molars are also candidates for dental sealants. In some cases, our dentist in Price, Utah, may also recommend dental sealants for baby teeth. If a child has deep grooves in their primary teeth, dental sealants can help protect them. Baby teeth help guide the permanent teeth into their proper places, so it is important to keep them healthy so they do not come out too early.
Dental sealants can protect your teeth or your child’s teeth for up to 10 years. They need to be examined for chips and wear at your regular dental check-ups. When needed, our dentist can replace dental sealants.
Feel free to contact our dental office to learn more about the benefits of dental sealants and to schedule a visit.