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Sealants
 

Sealants are the best way to protect tooth against cavities on your back teeth (molars). These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used in the chewing process, and are the most difficult to reach.

Research has shown that the SIX Year Molars  which erupt at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set (Twelve Year Molars)coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early.  We also recommend placing sealants on primary molars where indicated due to deep pits and fissures.

To place a sealant an adhesive is first applied to the teeth. The sealant is then placed over the adhesive as a liquid, as if it is painted right onto the tooth. The liquid then hardens and creates a barrier between your tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria. Sealants last for about 10 years and can be reapplied if necessary when checked at follow-up appointments.