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David B. Solomon, DDS | Sealants in Cambridge

David B. Solomon, D.D.S.

                                      Cambridge Smiles

     

   Family and Cosmetic Dentistry   

 

Sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth (molars). These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used in the chewing process, have the greatest number of nooks and crannies, and are the most difficult to reach and clean. Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early. 

To place a sealant, a conditioner is first applied to the teeth. The sealant is then placed onto the tooth. The liquid is then hardened by a curing light, and creates a barrier between the tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria. Sealants can last for many years and can be reapplied if necessary.