Dental sealants are a thin protective coating that is painted on the chewing surfaces of your back teeth specifically the molars. They are made from either plastic or other dental materials. The sealant bonds into the pits and grooves of the molars. Since food and bacteria can get stuck in the pits and grooves of the teeth, a sealant can protect the molars from getting plaque and decay.

In fact, according to the CDC, “school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.” It is a great option to protect teeth; however, dental sealants are no substitute for good oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing regularly.

The procedure is painless and easy to apply. Sealants are not noticeable because they are either white or clear. They can last for several years before wearing out. During your regular dental checkups your dentist will make sure your sealants are in good condition. Both adults and children can benefit from sealants. For children it is normally recommended to apply sealants as soon as the molars appear.

Talk with your dentist to see if dental sealants are a good option for you and your family.