Q: What is a sealant?
A: A sealant is a plastic material a dentist usually applies to the chewing surfaces of the permanent back teeth — the molars — to prevent cavities. Those teeth, designed for crushing and chewing, have an uneven terrain of pits and fissures. They’re suitable for what they do but are susceptible to cavities.
In this painless procedure, the dentist will thoroughly dry the teeth and apply a layer of liquid to etch the teeth slightly. After that, he will use the liquid plastic that will seep into the depressions of the teeth and harden. The protective coating keeps out the plaque and acid that cause decay. Sealants are used most effectively with children who have newly formed permanent teeth.
The American Dental Association says sealants are virtually 100 percent effective in preventing tooth decay where they are applied. Considering the cost of filling and repairing decayed teeth, an investment in sealants is also economical. Nevertheless, as effective as they are, sealants are no substitute for regular visits to the dentist for twice-a-year cleaning and examination.
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