SealantsAn Introduction to Sealants
Dr. Gibbs may recommend a sealant to protect your child's teeth from decay. The small grooves and pits in the back teeth are common sites for cavities. Sealants fill these areas to prevent food particles from getting stuck and causing tooth decay. If properly cared for with brushing and flossing, sealants will last for years.
Sealants are generally placed on the permanent molars soon after they erupt. By placing the sealant as soon as possible, the risk for decay is minimized. Permanent molars erupt around 6 years of age and 12 years of age.
Dr. Gibbs will first clean and conditions the teeth with a gel. The sealant is then placed in the desired area and treated with a special light to harden it.