Sealants are bonded coating of the top chewing portion of teeth commonly known as the occlusal surfaces. These occlusal surfaces have many small grooves that lodge food and bacteria making that part of the teeth highly suspectible areas to develop decay, the dentist or the hygienist can place a white resin coating made of a resin to fill up those grooves. This resin is impervoius to fluids, food, and bacteria, so therefore, the sealed teeth have a greater chance of staying cavity free. The teeth can still become decayed on the other four side surfaces, but at least main transmission of decay in young children from the occlusal surface, can be reduced dramatically.
Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids.
Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach.
Easy to apply, sealants take only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed.
Children and adults can benefit from sealants in the fight against tooth decay.