To prevent decay, Dr. Baker endorse the use of protective sealants. These are applied to the chewing surfaces of childrens molars. Sealants ensure that food particles and bacteria will not build up in the grooves on the chewing surface of the tooth. To ensure that the surface of the tooth remains protected, sealants may need to be reapplied as needed.
A sealant is a shaded plastic coating that can be painted on the chewing surfaces (grooves) of the pre-molars and molars to prevent tooth decay. Sealants act as a barrier protecting the tooth from food, plaque and acid. However, decay can still form around a sealant or between teeth if not brushed or flossed correctly. Application of sealants is simple and painless. Placement is a three step process:
The tooth surface is thoroughly cleaned with a material called "soap"