Benefits of Pit & Fissure Sealants

Sealants are a quick and non-evasive procedure that provides a great barrier against cavities!

  • Brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. However, the bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to remove food and plaque.
  • Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food.
    A plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where cavities occurs most often.
  • The sealant, a plastic resin, is painted onto the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth.
  • It protects the enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay.
  • Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and may last several years before a reapplication is needed.
  • The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious candidates. But adults can benefit from sealants as well.

Key ingredients in preventing tooth decay and maintaining a healthy mouth are:

  1. Brushing twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste
  2. Cleaning between the teeth daily with floss or another interdental cleaner
  3. Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks
  4. Visiting your dentist regularly

Ask your dentist about whether sealants can put extra power behind your prevention program


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Benefits of Pit & Fissure Sealants

Sealants are a quick and non-evasive procedure that provides a great barrier against cavities!

  • Brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. However, the bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to remove food and plaque.
  • Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food.
    A plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where cavities occurs most often.
  • The sealant, a plastic resin, is painted onto the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth.
  • It protects the enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay.
  • Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and may last several years before a reapplication is needed.
  • The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious candidates. But adults can benefit from sealants as well.

Key ingredients in preventing tooth decay and maintaining a healthy mouth are:

  1. Brushing twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste
  2. Cleaning between the teeth daily with floss or another interdental cleaner
  3. Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks
  4. Visiting your dentist regularly

Ask your dentist about whether sealants can put extra power behind your prevention program

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