Take a close look at your molars. Looks like craters on the moon’s surface in miniature form, huh? The many crevices and rough surfaces of molars, while great for chewing, can capture bits of food you eat, potentially leading to decay and cavities. Even though we might think brushing and flossing takes care of all this, in reality, not every bit of food can be brushed away and cavity-causing bacteria love to live in the tiniest of crevices in your molars. Yuck!
What is one to do? Sealants to the rescue! What are sealants you may ask? A sealant is a thin plastic coating that bonds to each molar surface and prevents those bits of food from turning into decay. With a proven 80% reduction in tooth decay, sealants are now recommended for children by the Centers for Disease Control, who have shown that those children without sealants are three times more likely to develop cavities.