Sealants

For more than 30 years now, sealants have offered a protective plastic coating that covers the surfaces of teeth to help prevent tooth decay.

Tooth Decay and Children

Because of their many bumps and grooves, the chewing surfaces of children's teeth are highly susceptible to cavities. Debris and resulting bacteria may become lodged between the grooves of a child's tooth. These grooves (called pits and fissures) may be more problematic for some children than for others.

Toddlers, children in cavity-prone years (aged four to 17) and adults all face the same pit and fissure problem. Premolars and molars have the most pits and fissures, and are difficult for people of any age to reach with a toothbrush or dental floss. However, the application of sealants on the appropriate teeth can help prevent tooth decay for susceptible populations