Protect Your Child's Teeth with Enamel Sealants
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Protect Your Child's Teeth with Enamel Sealants

Enamel Sealants

Enamel sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth (molars). These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used in the chewing process, and are the most difficult to reach and clean. Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early.

When molars develop there is a large percentage where the enamel does not completely seal together on the biting surface.  This leaves crevices or pin holes in the enamel allowing cavities to occur no matter how much you brush.

To place a sealant an adhesive is first applied to the teeth. The sealant is then placed over the adhesive as a liquid, as if it is painted right onto the tooth. The liquid then hardens and creates a barrier between your tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria. Sealants last for about 10 years and can be reapplied if necessary.