A great way to protect your molars from tooth decay and cavities are sealants. Your molars are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and tooth decay because they are used in the chewing process and are the most difficult to reach and clean while brushing. At around 5-7 years of age, the first sets of molars start to come in. A second set of molars usually emerges between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed on the molars when they first come in to ensure early protection from cavities and decay.
In order for a dentist to place a sealant on a molar, an adhesive is first applied to the tooth. The liquid sealant is then painted on top of the adhesive. The liquid then hardens and creates a strong barrier between your tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria that come into play. Sealants typically last for ten years and can be reapplied when necessary.