The molars at the back of the mouth are most susceptible to decay, due to the contoured shape and grooves in the teeth. Brushing and flossing may miss plaque and particles that settle into the grooves and fissures of the teeth, which allows decay to take hold. Dentists often recommend sealants to protect the teeth from decay. At Howard H. Carrico III, D.D.S., we offer this service for our patients in the Kaneohe, Kailua, Waimanalo, and Haleiwa areas.
Dental sealants are made with plastic resin to create a coating to seal the teeth and protect them from food and bacteria to prevent decay. The resin is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars to provide a layer of protection from decay.
The procedure is generally recommended at an early age and pediatric dentistry practices usually recommend this service for children when the first set of permanent molars erupt. Sealing the molars soon after they erupt maximizes cavity protection. The second set usually erupts when kids become teens. The average teen diet consists of copious amounts of sugar, so it is important to seal these molars as well.
While it is most common to use dental sealants in childhood, many adults are opting for this simple and non-invasive procedure. We encourage you to read more about our dental services in the Kaneohe, Kailua, Waimanalo, and Haleiwa areas and contact our office at (808) 261-6581 to schedule an appointment and determine if sealants are right for you.