Dental sealants are an easy and safe method to keep molars protected from decay and cavities. Molars often represent a challenge because they are located in the back of the mouth and are used to chew food. Their position as well as function renders them vulnerable to decay and bacteria. They are difficult to access for cleaning.
Children get their first set of molars between the ages of 5 to 7. This is a good time to apply sealant to their newly emerged molars. They get their second set of molars between the ages of 11 and 14. The sealant begins its protective action right from the onset of the first set, thus minimizing the chances of decay.
The following steps are involved in the application of sealant:
- The teeth are first coated with a special adhesive
- The dentist will then apply sealant (which is liquid form)onto the layer of adhesive
- The sealant will slowly harden to offer a protective layer against cavities, plaque and tooth decay
- Sealants are designed to last for as long as 10 years and after that, can be reapplied again.