A dental sealant is a bonded resin material that helps shield out decay-causing bacteria from the grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. We base our diagnosis and recommendation for dental sealants on the patient’s susceptibility to tooth decay and how the teeth were shaped when they originally formed below the gum. Although there is no specific age at which sealants are indicated; often we will recommend the best time to apply them is when the six-year molars (the first permanent back teeth) appear.

dentist opening a child's mouth