Dental sealants are coatings normally placed on the top surface of permanent back teeth to protect them. Sealants are painted on and bond into the grooves of your teeth. They protect areas of the tooth that are hard to reach with brushing and flossing alone.
While children learn good brushing and flossing habits, it's important to make sure their adult molars and premolars are protected. Sealants protect their new teeth from decay by covering grooves and depressions.
Children should get sealants on permanent molars and premolars as soon as they come in. For most children, this is between the ages of 6 and 14, when they have increased risk for cavities.