Each tooth has five surfaces. Sealants can help to protect one of these surfaces, and good flossing and brushing techniques can help to protect the remaining four surfaces. Even with the best oral hygiene it’s not possible to clean every nook and cranny of your teeth – especially those back teeth you use to chew (molars). Molars have rough, uneven chewing surfaces and easily trap leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria.
Dental sealants are a thin, protective plastic coating that we can apply to the chewing surface of molar teeth and can prevent cavities from forming. They can also stop early stages of decay from becoming a full-blown cavity. They are tooth colored and do not require any drilling or shots for their application. Sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in six year old molar teeth.