What is it?
Sealants are typically recommended for children, especially those with deep grooves in their teeth. Most insurance companies will cover sealants on permanent molars until the age of 12 or 16, depending on the insurer. A composite material is affixed to the grooves of the teeth, filling in the space otherwise prone to catching food and causing decay.
Why are they used?
Food can easily become trapped inside the deep ridges on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. These areas can be incredibly difficult to clean, so we prevent food and plaque buildup by sealing these ridges. By eliminating the areas for food to become trapped, the risk for cavities is decreased.
Who should get dental sealants?
Both children and adults can get dental sealants. However, this procedure is most commonly performed on children that have not yet suffered from tooth decay (at least on the tooth or teeth in question). If you or someone in your family has deep ridges in your teeth, this can be a beneficial solution for maintaining optimal oral health.
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