Dental hygiene is an important aspect for children and teenagers. Although
brushing and flossing remove food particles from smooth surfaces, they cannot
always remove them thoroughly from the back teeth. Sealants are thin plastic
coatings painted on the surfaces of the teeth especially back teeth to prevent
tooth decay. Sealants bond with the depression of the teeth and form a
protective shield over the tooth enamel. They tend to protect vulnerable tooth
areas by sealing out food and plaque. Dental sealants are recommended for
children between the age of 5 and 14 years.