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.
Sealants are easy to apply and it takes only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Dr. Mead usually recommends applying sealants soon after permanent molars erupt in children. He often also recommends sealants for children or adults with deep grooves on the chewing surface of back teeth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed.