A sealant is a clear or tooth-colored material that is applied to the surface of the back teeth, where tooth decay is found most often. When placed, a sealant prevents tooth decay by providing a barrier over the pits and grooves of the chewing surfaces, which seals out the food and germs that can cause decay. Dr. Banu recommends having sealants placed on the back molars as soon as they erupt, which is usually around the age of 12 or 13. If you would like to learn more about sealants and how they can help maintain your child’s oral health, please call our Grand Blanc, MI dental practice today.