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Dental Sealants - Proven to help prevent cavities

Our back teeth (the molars) often have deep grooves where cavity-causing bacteria love to hide. These grooves can also be narrow, so it is hard to keep these areas clean – even with good brushing. In fact, 90% of kids’ cavities happen on the tops of the molars. Dental sealants are a clear plastic that fills in the grooves and seals out bacteria.

Dental sealants protect teeth from cavities by filling in the deep grooves, making it much easier to brush bacteria away.

A child’s first set of permanent molars usually come in around 6 years old. Their second set of molars appear around age 12. Getting dental sealants right after the molars come in offers the best protection. If a young child’s parents or siblings have had a lot of cavities, ask a dentist about sealants for the child’s baby teeth.

Bacteria hides in the molars’ deep grooves and creates cavities.

Dental sealants are a clear plastic that fills in the grooves and seals out the bacteria.