Dental sealants are thin, tooth-colored acrylic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth to protect against decay. It is common practice to paint sealants onto young children’s teeth as each permanent molar erupts, but parents can benefit from the added protection as well.
Kids naturally have smaller, more uneven grooves in their back teeth, and sometimes they are unable to brush effectively as a result. Inevitably, these teeth are more cavity-prone because it is easier for bacteria and germs to linger in these areas and out of reach of a toothbrush. Tooth sealants eliminate this problem by smoothing out the surface and keeping debris out.
The application process is easy; the strong acrylic coating is simply painted onto the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The tooth-colored coating seals and smooths the deep, uneven gaps, providing a tough protective barrier against plaque, bacteria, and harmful acids from certain foods.
Want to protect your child’s smile from harmful plaque? Book an appointment for dental sealants at our Taylor or West Bloomfield dental office today!
Dr. Jason M. Golnick received his DDS degree and his MS degree in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Michigan. He is a C.S. Mott Fellow in Pediatric Dentistry and has served as a adjunct clinical professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry. Dr. Jason Golnick is an active staff member of Oakwood Hospital and the Detroit Medical Center / Childrens Hospital of Michigan,