One way we care for children’s mouth is by offering dental sealants. Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of the teeth (usually the back premolars and molars) to help prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Children should start getting sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as the teeth come in. This way the teeth are protected as children become teenagers. It’s important to remember that good oral hygiene still needs to be practiced to reduce the risk of cavities and to have the sealants checked at your regular visits to make sure they haven’t chipped away.