What is a dental sealant?

 

A dental sealant is a thin, white plastic material that is applied directly to the chewing surfaces of the teeth – usually the back teeth to prevent tooth decay.

 

Are dental sealants effective?

 

Yes! Studies have shown that dental sealants can reduce the risk of developing a cavity on the chewing surfaces of teeth by 70%.

 

Who would benefit from a dental sealant?

 

80-90% of cavities in permanent teeth occur on the chewing surfaces of back teeth or molars, so anyone with molars may benefit from sealants. We most commonly recommend them on the permanent molars however we examine each patient individually and make recommendations for baby molars and other permanent teeth based on risk as well.

 

Sometimes sealants are offered in schools, is this something you would recommend?

 

The only time we recommend sealants be placed at school is when the child has no other options for dental care. Sealant placement can be compromised in a non-dental setting. We also feel a dentist should be evaluating each tooth for a cavity prior to a sealant being placed.