A sealant is a clear or tooth-colored metal-free material that is applied to the deep grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, where tooth decay occurs most often. A sealant prevents tooth decay by covering the pits and grooves of chewing surfaces and sealing out food and germs that could cause decay.

Dr. Ben Mandel recommends having sealants placed as soon as the back molars erupt, which typically occurs after the age of six.

Please call our La Mesa dental office for more information about how dental sealants can prevent tooth decay and help maintain your child’s oral health.