Dental Sealant Program

Facts about Dental Sealants

What are Dental Sealants?
Sealants are clear or white in color and protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth, especially the chewing surfaces of back teeth where most cavities in children are found. Sealants are put on permanent teeth to help keep them cavity free.

How do Sealants Work?
Even if your child brushes and flosses carefully, it is very hard - sometimes impossible - to clean the tiny grooves and pits on certain teeth. Food and germs build up in these grooves, making your child get cavities easier. Sealants, seal out food and germs helping your child to stop getting cavities.

How Long Do Sealants Last?
Research shows that sealants can last for many years if the teeth are taken care of. Your child's teeth will be protected through the most decay prone years. The sealants will last longer if your child takes good care of the teeth and avoids biting hard objects. The sealants will be checked after they are placed and more sealant applied if it is missing.

How Are Sealants Put on the Teeth?
The placement of a sealant is quick and comfortable. The tooth is cleaned, a special liquid is put on the tooth to get it ready, it is dried, and then the sealant flows into the grooves. It is hardened with a special light. Your child can eat right after the sealant is placed.