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Sealants are a type of non-toxic plastic. It is a preventive dental treatment designed to protect your teeth from decay. Dental sealants can be made of a tooth-colored or a clear resin material. It will often be painted onto the chewing surface of the tooth. If the sealant is applied correctly, it will block out unwanted food debris and bacteria. As dental sealants form a smooth surface over your tooth surface's natural pits and grooves, you will be able to brush normally.
Keep in mind that sealed teeth need to be cared for in the same way as unsealed teeth. For example, you or your child should brush and floss his or her teeth twice daily and go for regular professional cleanings. Sealants can last up to 10 years. However, periodic checks are required to identify wear and tear.
According to the American Dental Association, dental sealants are a crucial part of preventive dentistry. They are most often recommended for children between the ages of six and 12 years old, as soon as their permanent molars come in. Adults, who are prone to tooth decay or have suffered from decay in the past, can also consider getting sealants. This preventive treatment is a powerful tool in keeping your smile healthy and reducing decay by up to 70 percent. Since tooth enamel does not contain sensitive nerves, placing a sealant entails a painless procedure. Patients do not require numbing shots.