What Are Sealants?

Our teeth can sometimes have deep pits, fissures and grooves that allow plaque bacteria to hide and are tough to remove, even when you brush well. Deep pits and fissures in teeth are very difficult places to clean. Toothbrush bristles cannot always reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to remove food and plaque. The enamel layer can also be particularly thin in pits and fissures, resulting in a cavity progressing easier, faster and deeper into the grooves.

How Do Sealants Help?

Sealants protect these susceptible areas by “sealing out” the plaque bacteria with a white filling material. This is a fast and simple process that does not require freezing. Sealants are often recommended for children when deep pits and grooves are present on newly erupted teeth. Sealants act as a preventative measure to help protect teeth from decay. Your dental hygienist will discuss whether sealants may benefit you or your children.

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