A dental sealant is a thin layer that is applied to the chewing surfaces of your teeth to protect them from decay. Sealants act as protective barriers for the enamel of each tooth. While sealants are useful for preventing decay and cavities, they cannot replace the need for brushing and flossing. Dental sealants are extremely useful, however, for sealing bacteria and food particles out of hard-to-reach places such as the natural pits and grooves on your molars or premolars (the back teeth). Sealants are typically recommended for children and teenagers as soon as their permanent molars erupt, especially to help protect their teeth during the most cavity-prone years between 6 and 14. Dental sealants can also be used for baby teeth because the primary teeth are extremely important for guiding your child’s permanent teeth into their proper position. Our dentists at Mutchler & Lewis Family Dental Care will help you determine when your child should have sealants placed.
Sealants can protect your teeth for up to ten years. The process for placing sealants requires only one short visit to our office, and it is a completely pain-free service. If you have any questions about the benefits of dental sealants in Findlay, Ohio, we invite you to contact Dr. Mutchler and Dr. Lewis today. We are excited to hear from you soon!