A member asked:

What do sealants do for teeth?

14 doctors weighed in across 6 answers
Dr. Shishir Shah answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Protect: It protects teeth from getting decay.

Answered 5/15/2015

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Sealants: Sealants fill in the tiny pits and fissures where toothbrush bristles cannot reach. They help prevent cavities.

Answered 11/30/2019

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Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Dental sealants: Sealants are a great way to help to protect your teeth, but you can still get tooth decay if you do not take care of your teeth in other ways!

Answered 5/18/2015

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Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Sealants: Fill the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the premolars and molars, preventing decay on these surfaces. Sealants do not prevent decay on smooth surfaces of teeth, so proper brushing AND flossing, avoiding high sugar/starch snacks, and regular Dental Care are all imperative. Sealants most effective for children during the "cavity prone years".

Answered 12/5/2015

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Dr. Ronald Hsu answered

Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry

Think narrow gaps: Sealants for teeth is very similar to caulking for counters and windows at home. The purpose is to block out junk and keep bad stuff from getting into seams and crevices where you cannot clean well. Sealants can help certain areas of certain teeth from getting cavities, and other doctors here have provided those answers. Thanks!

Answered 12/5/2015

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Dr. Justin Nelson answered

Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry

Decrease decay risk: Sealants are a preventative procedure done to seal off grooves & high risk areas of teeth to help decrease decay risk

Answered 2/21/2016

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