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A sealant is a coating that protects a tooth from decay. When teeth are treated with sealants, they are less likely to get cavities. Sealants can be applied quickly and painlessly.

In fact, The Children’s Dental Heath Project reports that, “dental sealants …have been shown to reduce tooth decay by as much as 60 percent.”

Sealants are a plastic coating that is applied to the biting surface of permanent molars. Molars have many grooves that sealants fill and protect.

The application of dental sealants is quick and easy:

  1. Teeth are thoroughly cleaned
  2. The teeth are then dried
  3. An etch is applied to the surface of the teeth
  4. The treated area of the teeth are again cleaned and dried
  5. The sealant liquid is applied
  6. A special ultraviolet light is used to set the sealant

Although sealants are used to provide teeth with extra protection from decay, a regular cleaning routine is needed for them to work properly; they are not a substitute for frequent care. Teeth still need to be brushed and flossed consistently and regular dental cleanings and exams must be kept.

If you are interested in how sealants can help to protect your teeth, or the teeth of your children, call Dr. Colletta’s office today at 978-499-9708 or email us at