Sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth (molars). These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used in the chewing process, and are the most difficult to reach when brushing. Adult molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, which we call the 'Six year old molars'. With a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14, the '12 year old molars'. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars are fully erupted, to ensure they are protected early.
To place a sealant we deep clean the tooth with our Etch, 'tooth soap', to insure we do not have any germs on the tooth. Then the sealant material is then placed on the tooth as a liquid, as if it is painted right on. The liquid then hardens by our curing light. This creates a barrier between your tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria. Sealants last upto 10 years and can be reapplied if necessary.
This procedure only protects the 'groovy' part of the teeth, the chewing surface. If you do not brush or floss at home you are still susceptible to cavities. It does NOT protect the teeth in the flossing areas.