Sealants are an effective way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your molars. These teeth are the most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used when chewing, as well as the most difficult teeth to reach and clean properly. Molars come in between the ages of 5-7. A second set comes in between the ages of 11-14. If you are asking when the best time to have sealant placed is, it is recommended to have it placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early.
To place a sealant:
- An adhesive is applied to the teeth.
- In liquid form, the sealant is painted onto the adhesive.
- The liquid then hardens and creates a barrier between your tooth and plaque, food particles, and bacteria.
It is important to continue healthy oral hygiene habits. The sealants will last for approximately 10 years and can be reapplied if necessary.