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, 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.
Sealants are easy to apply. The sealant is applied directly onto the tooth enamel. The resin bonds into the grooves and pits of the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. This creates a barrier between the tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria. Sealants hold up well with normal forces of chewing and last for many years. The dentist will evaluate the sealants at your regular check-ups and reapply if necessary.