For children, sealants can be a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities.
At around 5-7 years of age the first molars will appear, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. Molars are used in the chewing process, and are the most difficult to reach and clean. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early.
A sealant creates a barrier between your tooth and any plaque, food particles, or bacteria. This can help to protect against tooth decay in young people when proper dental hygiene is practiced.