The best way to prevent cavities is to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to properly clean every tooth, especially the back molar teeth, which are rough and uneven. Leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria love to hide within the nooks and crannies of molars.
A sealant is a safe way to keep your molars clean. A sealant is a thin protective coating that sticks to the chewing surface of molars. Sealants are not a replacement for brushing and flossing, but sealants can reduce the development of tooth decay in molars by up to 80%.
Sealants are important for the dental health of school-aged children. An October 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control stated, “school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.” Unfortunately, more than half of all children ages 6-11 do not have sealants.