Food and bacteria can become packed in the grooves of the back molars, and even the most careful brushing and flossing cannot fully clean these areas. Dental sealants are white unfilled resin material that protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by providing a barrier to food and bacteria.
The application is simple and painless:
Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in — before decay attacks the teeth. Teenagers and young adults who are prone to decay may also need sealants. Sealants are a cost-effective prevention option, and when used along with regular dental check-ups and cleanings, provide the most effective defense for tooth decay. Kurt Halum DMD can apply them during a regular check-up.