Published on August 26, 2021, Updated on May 3, 2024

Dental sealants are a simple technique in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth to prevent decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth.

Dental sealants operate as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids by effectively “sealing” the deep grooves.

Dental sealants keep food particles and plaque out of the depressions and grooves of your teeth that brushing and flossing can’t reach.

Dental sealants are simple to apply and take only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Sealants withstand the force of normal chewing and can persist for several years before needing to be reapplied.

In the fight against tooth decay, both children and adults can benefit from dental sealants.