Dental Sealants: Protecting Your Teeth

The application of Dental Sealants has been touted as an effective means of protecting teeth. It is particularly designed to protect the back teeth, or molars, which have depressions that can retain debris and food particles. This is one area where cavities commonly form.

Sealants are typically applied in the dentist’s office. The surrounding areas are protected by plastic sheets or cotton, while the adhesive is applied. The sealant itself is then applied and takes some time to dry. Bright lights are sometimes used to speed the drying process. Sealants are made of clear or white liquid plastic and adhere to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.

If you’re considering a sealant for yourself or your child, it’s important to know the facts. Sealants can last several years, but they do eventually wear away. A dentist or dental hygienist can provide more information on when to consider a new application. They can be applied on the teeth of children, teens, or adults. There is no age limit. Routine dental checkups and cleanings can alert the dentist, if the sealants are worn and need to be reapplied.  If you would like to know more about the possibilities of dental sealants, please contact our Hilliard and Upper Arlington, Ohio office today.