Dental sealants are thin layers of resin that are placed on the pits, fissures, and grooves of molars to help prevent cavities. Sealants are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay most often occurs. The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious candidates for sealants.

Though brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces, toothbrush bristles can’t reach all the way into tooth depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Dental sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food.

Dental sealant bonds directly to a tooth and hardens. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and may last several years before a reapplication is needed.

During your regular dental visits, Lanphier Family Dental will check the condition of your dental sealants and reapply them whenever necessary.

To learn more about dental sealants from Lanphier Family Dental, please call: (415) 454-8640.