Dental Sealants are a preventive treatment used in children to protect the permanent back teeth from decay. In children, most cavities start in the deep grooves of the back teeth. A Sealant is a plastic coating that is placed into the grooves while in a liquid state, then quickly hardened with a bright light. A special bonding technique is used to ensure a tight attachment to the tooth. As a result, one application of sealants protects for many years.
Every child should have his or her permanent molars sealed when the first molars erupt around age six and again when the second molars erupt around age twelve. If you have children between the ages of 6 and 13, be sure they have sealants on their molars.