Sealants

By: Crawford, DDS  11/05/2015
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In addition to good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, there are other ways to protect teeth from decay. Dental sealants can protect teeth and seal them off from acids and decay-causing bacteria. Sealants are made of plastic and are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to prevent decay. The plastic fits into the deep depressions and grooves of teeth that toothbrush bristles often can't reach. Sealants are "painted" onto the deep grooves on the biting surface of the tooth and bonded and hardened by the use of a special curing light. Decay can begin early in life so sealants are applied to children's and teenagers' premolars and molars to protect them. Sealants can protect an adult's teeth too. How long do sealants last? Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and usually last several years before a reapplication is needed. The risk of decay decreases significantly after sealant application. During your regular dental visits, Dr. Crawford will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary.

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