What is a sealant?

  • A thin protective coating made from dental materials that we attach to the main chewing surfaces on the back molars.

Why do you recommend sealants?

  • They’ve been shown to reduce the risk of tooth decay on the back molars by almost 80%.
  • They can help prevent existing decay from becoming a cavity.

When do you recommend getting sealants?

  • Ideally, we recommend getting sealants on your adult molars when they first erupt, usually around 6 years old.
  • Then we also recommend getting them as your 12-year molars erupt. This ensures that your permanent molars have the most protection possible for a healthy start.

How long do sealants last?

  • This varies based on each child. We will check your sealants at each visit and make a recommendation for reapplication as necessary.