Sealants

1. Make Sure Your Children Aren’t The Only Ones Eating Their Lunch!
After eating, if your children do not properly clean their teeth, bacteria eats sugar and starch from
food and uses it as a source of energy. The bacteria convert sugar and starch into harmful acids
that attack tooth enamel. If repeated attacks are allowed, they may cause the tooth enamel to
break down, which will result in cavities.

2. Are Some Areas Of The Mouth Harder To Clean Than Others?
When a tooth is developing, deep grooves form in the biting surfaces of the back teeth. These
grooves are called “fissures”. When two or more fissures intersect, it is called a “pit”. Thorough
daily brushing, flossing and rinsing help remove food particles and bacterial plaque from the
smooth surfaces of teeth. But because toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the pits
and fissures, food and bacteria cannot be easily removed. Although only 12.5% of all tooth
surfaces are chewing surfaces, these surfaces develop more than two thirds of the total cavities
experienced by children. Tooth sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and
food.


3. What Is A Tooth Sealant And How Does It Work?
A sealant is a resin material that is usually applied to the pits and fissures of back teeth. The
sealant resin acts as a barrier, protecting the enamel from bacterial plaque in cavity prone areas.
Decay will not start under a tooth sealant because the decay causing bacteria are deprived of the
food they need to survive.

Children are much more susceptible to tooth decay than adults. When possible, sealants should be
applied to children’s teeth before decay has had a chance to begin.

4. Does The Process Hurt?
Sealants are easy and painless for your dentist to apply, and it only takes a few minutes to seal
each tooth. As long as the sealant remains intact, the sealed tooth surface will be protected from
decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and usually last many years.
During your regular dental visits, we will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them if
necessary.