Sealants in dentistry have long certified the popular phrase “ Prevention is better than cure”. A sealant on a tooth, helps protect the tooth from food sticking into the groves and most importantly prevent tooth decay. Sealants are recommended as early as 6-8 years old because that is the approximate time when our adult teeth start erupting. The procedure involves a quick and easy appointment, where the back teeth ( molars ) are polished and cleaned and a sealant ( resin like material ) is placed into the grooves. The procedure is typically repeated every 2-3 years due to wear and tear and grinding. As it is a preventive procedure, most insurances cover it 100%. Hence, sealants are strongly recommended in children because of the immense benefit over a long term which helps prevent further aggressive treatment. This translates not into overall health benefits for children but also a huge financial benefit as well. Please visit www.sanramonsunshinedental.com to meet our providers who can answer any other questions or concerns you may have !