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What are sealants?
Sealants are a thin clear coating placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth which are most at risk of tooth decay. Sealants can also be placed on both primary and permanent molars. Although sealants protect the teeth hit by four out of every five cavities in our children. Sealants are the most under-utilized, cost effective means of preventing tooth decay.
Why do we recommend?
According to the AAPD sealant placement in children and adolescents has shown a reduction of cavities incidence of 86 percent after one year and 58 percent after four year. With appropriate follow-up care, the success rate of sealants may be 80-90 percent even after a decade.
Can brushing and flossing prevent tooth decay?
While brushing and flossing can help to remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, toothbrush bristles often can't reach into the teeth's depressions and grooves. Sealants protect those areas and prevent food and bacteria from getting in.