What are dental sealants and why are they important for permanent teeth?
Usually, the first area that we see cavities are in the pit and fissure areas of the permanent six year molars. A dental sealant is a hard plastic coating that is placed in these pit and fissure areas to seal and protect the tooth from cavities. For many reasons, sealants are usually placed on the chewing surfaces of permanent, not baby teeth. Sealants can be placed on baby teeth by request, but it is much more important from a decay standpoint for parents to brush, floss, and pay attention to a child’s diet.