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Sealants

One of the most common places that tooth decay develops is on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, called premolars and molars. When you run your tongue over the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, you can feel depressions and grooves. These indentations, called pits and fissures, are there to help grind food. These are difficult (or nearly impossible) to thoroughly clean because toothbrush bristles can't reach into the grooves. Food and bacteria may build up in these depressions, placing your child's teeth in danger of decay.
 
A dental sealant is a plastic material applied to a chewing surface of a back tooth that acts as a barrier, protecting enamel by "sealing out" plaque and food. By protecting the tooth with a coating of the correct sealant, your pediatric dentist can dramatically reduce the risk of decay for both children and teens.
 
Please ask our office about dental sealants and how they could benefit your child.