What if you could prevent cavities in hard-to-clean areas on your back teeth? With dental sealants, you can. Sealants are thin, protective coatings that we place on the deep groves of your molars (back teeth,) blocking out cavity-causing bacteria and making the surfaces easier to brush clean.
Who Needs Sealants?
At Jean M. Lafayette, DDS, we recommend placing sealants on permanent molars. We call these the “first” and “second” set of molars, which tend to come in around ages 6 and 12, respectively. It’s best to seal them as soon as they’ve fully erupted, since children often have a difficult time cleaning them thoroughly. In fact, most dental insurance plans cover them at 100% as a preventative procedure for children up to 14 years of age. But if you’re an adult, you can still opt to add this affordable service onto any checkup appointment.