Decay Prevention Using Sealants

A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that your pediatric dentist may apply to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Because the back teeth have depressions and grooves on their chewing surfaces, they are difficult or impossible to clean. The sealants are applied to the back teeth to form a coating or barrier to protect the tooth from bacteria and bits of food. By protecting the depressions and grooves with a coating of sealant, your children dentist can dramatically reduce the risk of decay for children and teens.