The pros and cons of dental sealants

Have you ever heard of toothpastes? These are protective coverings made primarily of plastic that are used to cover the chewing surface of teeth, especially the premolars and molars. The main purpose is to prevent tooth decay.

Sealants are easy to apply. A dentist simply distributes the sealant over the chewing surface of your tooth and allows it to harden. As it cures it will seal all the gaps and depressions on the surface of the tooth. This gives a smooth, refined surface that is easy to brush and protected from decay. They last several years, but need to be reapplied from time to time.

There are pros and cons to having dental sealants:


  • Kittens are very useful with children, they prevent tooth decay because they do not yet know how to brush their teeth thoroughly. This reduces the pain of having constant cavities.

  • The teeth are easier to clean after the procedure because it gives a smoother surface. Kids will especially enjoy brushing their teeth because the grooves and roughness on the chewing surface are gone.

  • The process is simple and painless. People are generally afraid of going to the dentist, so it is encouraging for them to know that applying sealants is a painless process and can be done quickly.

  • The risk of grooves and depressions in the teeth is minimized. There is also less tooth decay and less pain in the long run.

  • There is a big saving in the long run. This is in terms of fewer visits to the dentist in years to come, and there is also a saving where a more expensive procedure such as a root canal might later have been required had the child not been given a kit.


  • The initial payment can be expensive because the insurance companies don’t readily justify the cost of applying sealants. While cheaper in the long run, the initial payment is hard to justify as some people consider it unnecessary.

  • Unfortunately, kittens don’t last a lifetime; they must be redone after every ten years. A constant assessment must also be carried out on a regular basis.

  • In cases where the tooth decay had already started when a caulk was applied, the tooth decay will be well hidden and will continue to destroy the tooth, leading to worse damage. Sealants cannot be applied to teeth with fillings.

  • People generally hate going to the dentist; therefore it is difficult to convince them to go to the dentist for a preventive procedure like this. They prefer to go if they have an urgent dental problem.

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You can now make an informed decision about whether to have sealants applied to your teeth or those of your children. Whatever decision you make, you can still have good dental health.