To help prevent tooth decay, our dentists may place dental sealants on the back teeth. A sealant is a tooth-colored or clear plastic material that is applied on the back teeth’s chewing surfaces, where decay is most likely to occur.
By covering the pits and grooves of the back teeth, a sealant will essentially block out the food and germs that would normally collect there. When in place, sealants also create a smooth surface over the tooth that is much easier to keep clean through daily flossing and brushing.
For the best results, our dentists recommend having sealants placed on the back teeth as soon as they erupt, which typically happens between the ages of six and twelve. If you are interested in learning more about sealants and preventive dentistry, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for you or your child, please contact Crestway Park Dental in Athens today!