Tooth Sealants refer to a resin filled material that a dentist bonds into the grooves of the chewing surface of a tooth as a means of helping to prevent the formation of tooth decay. Typically, baby teeth don’t require sealants but in some cases the dentist will advise.
How do sealants work?
In many cases, it is nearly impossible for children to clean the tiny grooves between their teeth. When a sealant is applied, the surface of the tooth is somewhat flatter and smoother. There are no longer any places on the chewing part of the tooth that the bristles of a toothbrush can’t reach and clean. Since plaque can be removed more easily and effectively, there is much less chance that decay will start.
What is the life expectancy of tooth sealants?
The longevity of sealants can vary. Sealants that have remained in place for three to five years would be considered successful, but sealants can last much longer.