What are Sealants?
Sealants are a thin white coat that is placed into deep grooves on back teeth. Sealants are made of the same plastic mixture that is used in composite fillings. There have been some reports about BPA in dental sealants. Multiple studies have shown that by polishing to teeth after sealants are placed, any possible BPA from the sealants are removed, making sealants safe for the health of you child.
Who Needs Sealants?
Sealants are typically placed on any back teeth with deep grooves. It is best to place sealants just after the molars erupt into a child’s mouth.
Why Place Sealants?
By preventing deep grooves from accumulating food and plaque, cavities are prevented from forming on the biting surface of back teeth. Along with proper home care, sealants aid in preventing cavities from first forming on a tooth, and prolong the long term prognosis that the child will keep that tooth for his or her entire life.