Dental sealants can be thought of as a “raincoat for the teeth.” Just as a raincoat protects you from the rain, a dental sealant protects teeth from cavity-causing bacteria.
They do this by providing a thin protective coating over the chewing surface of teeth with deep grooves.
Sealants can keep cavities from forming and may even stop very early stages of decay from becoming a full-blown cavity.
Dental Sealants & kids
Sealants can be especially beneficial for children when 1st and 2nd molars fully erupt.
According to the CDC,
“School-age children without sealants have almost 3 times more cavities than those with sealants.”
Sealants often last for several years before needing to be reapplied. While both children and adults can benefit from sealants, the earlier you get them, the better.