Food and bacteria can become packed in the grooves of the back molars, and even the most careful brushing and flossing cannot thoroughly clean these areas. Dental sealants are clear coverings that protect the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the tooth from decay by providing a barrier to food and bacteria. Application is simple and painless:
Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in — before decay attacks the teeth. Teenagers and young adults who are prone to decay may also need sealants. Sealants are a cost-effective prevention option, and when used along with regular dental check-ups and cleanings, provide the most effective defense for tooth decay. We at Tooth Buds Pediatric Dentistry can assess whether sealants are appropriate for your child and apply them during a regular check-up.