What are dental sealants?
Sealants are a thin protective varnish painted on the chewing surface in your back teeth. Having sealants placed in the back teeth will help prevent acid. caused by the foods you eat, from causing decay.
Who should get sealants?
- Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in — before decay attacks the teeth.
- The first permanent molars — called “6 year molars” — come in between the ages of 5 and 7.
- The second permanent molars — “12 year molars” — come in when a child is between 11 and 14 years old.
- Other teeth with pits and grooves also might need to be sealed.
- Teenagers and young adults who are prone to decay may also need sealants.