Dental Sealants

Sealants are used to help protect different surfaces of your teeth, especially chewing surfaces of back teeth, which are a common spot for cavities in our pediatric patients from Framingham, Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and the surrounding areas.

Even with proper brushing and flossing, it can be difficult to clean every groove and surface of your teeth. When food and bacteria collect in these grooves and crevices, it can put your child in risk of tooth decay. Sealants, which are a thin coating of clear or shaded plastic, can be applied to chewing surfaces. A sealant can help keep food and plaque out, which can help reduce the risk of tooth decay!

When properly cared for, sealants can last for many years. Proper oral hygiene, brushing and flossing, as well as avoiding chewing hard candies and foods, can help sealants last even longer. Dr. Himelhoch will check on sealants during your normal dental visits, and will also recommend repair if, and when necessary.

Sealants Application

Sealant treatment can be done in one visit, and you will be able to eat after treatment. We will first make sure the tooth is cleaned, and then conditioned and dried. After that, the sealant is applied and hardened using a special light.

A sealant is not an excuse for not brushing! You should still practice good oral hygiene habits such as brushing, flossing, visiting the dentist regular, and keeping snacks healthy!