A sealant is a material that is painted on the biting surfaces of the back teeth, filling in the grooves and therefore preventing decay. Oftentimes decay begins in these grooves and pits of the back teeth where plaque tends to accumulate, so the sealant material acts as a barrier, “sealing out” bacteria and food. Sealants can be placed on both baby teeth and adult teeth, and is a quick, painless, and easy way to keep teeth healthy. Sealants are smooth, white, and can’t be seen when smiling or talking. The American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends sealants as an important step to lower the risk of tooth decay and cavities. The dental sealants that we use at Tree House Pediatric Dentistry are BPA-free, non-toxic, and entirely safe for children and adults.