A sealant is a tooth-colored or clear plastic material that the dentist will apply to the chewing surfaces of the back molars, where tooth decay occurs most often. A dental sealant helps to prevent decay by encasing the grooves and pits of the chewing surfaces and sealing out any germs and food that could cause decay. Sealants should be placed on the back molars as soon as they erupt, which usually occurs around the age of 12. Please call our dental office in Oxford, MI for more information about how sealants can help maintain your and your children’s oral health.