Your back teeth, also known as your molars and premolars come equipped with special features called cusps. Those cusps are ridges on the teeth that help them to chew and grind your food so that you can easily swallow and digest it. Unfortunately, those cusps provide extra hiding places for the plaque, acids, and bacteria that can lead to tooth decay. To protect those teeth, your dentist can apply a thin layer of plastic over the chewing surfaces of your back teeth to add a layer of protection to the tooth enamel.
Dental sealants are most effective when they are applied as soon as the molars and premolars erupt. For that reason, most people receive dental sealants between the ages of six and sixteen. That’s is when permanent teeth start to come in, and when children are most vulnerable to cavities. However, if your child is at a high risk for cavities, dental sealants may help preserve their baby teeth. For older children and adults, dental sealants can be effective if the back teeth are healthy. In addition, if a person is at a heightened risk for cavities, or the spread of tooth decay needs to be checked, dental sealants can be used.
If you are interested in dental sealants for your child, yourself, or another member of your family, you should talk with our dentist Dr. Sidney Adler about the procedure. We’ll work with you to make sure that every member of your family has a healthy smile!