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Sealants

A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) to prevent tooth decay. The sealant bonds quickly into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel.

Although brushing and flossing thoroughly can remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, they are not always effective at getting into all the nooks and crannies, especially of the back teeth, to remove the food and plaque. Dental sealants provide a layer of protection from decay to these vulnerable areas by ‘sealing out’ residue or deposits.

Though dentists most often use dental sealants as a protective treatment for children, they are also great option to defend against decay in adults who don’t have cavities or fillings in their molars. They have been found to reduce the rate of decay by over 70%. Ask our care team at Kelowna Dental Center about adding this preventative step to your existing dental treatment.

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