Sealants have been shown to help prevent decay in children’s permanent teeth. The first permanent tooth usually erupts at about age 6. These new molars have deep grooves that are more susceptible to collecting food which can be broken down by bacteria to create cavities.
Sealants are a tooth-colored resin material that bonds into the deep pits and fissures of the back teeth, thus eliminating the niche that bacteria thrive in and preventing the enamel from subsequent breakdown. Although children and young adults are the most ideal candidates for sealants, adults can benefit from them as well. Sealants are placed by our hygienists, and they can let you know which teeth will benefit most from sealant application.