Children's Dental Health Associates
As teeth are developing, deep grooves begin to form in the biting surface of the back teeth. These grooves are known as “fissures.” When two or more fissures connect in the biting surface they form a “pit.” The pit areas are hard to reach with the bristles of a toothbrush, which means food particles have a high risk of staying on the biting surfaces for long periods of time, making the tooth vulnerable to decay. Sealants protect the deep grooves by sealing out plaque and food particles.
A sealant is a resin material that is applied to the pits and fissures of the patient's back teeth. The sealant material is liquid and flowable when first applied. Once applied it is set to form a hard, smooth surface on the back teeth and act as a barrier that protects the enamel from bacterial plaque.
Sealants are easy to apply, completely painless, and only take a few minutes to be formed to the tooth. If a sealant is intact, it will seal the surface of the tooth and protect from decay. Sealants last for several years and can withstand normal chewing. During their routine dental visits, our dentists will check your child's sealants and reapply if necessary.
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