Sealants are one of the most effective preventive measures that can be taken to protect permanent teeth from cavities. By forming a thin covering over the deep grooves on the chewing surface of molars, sealants keep out plaque and food, thus decreasing the risk of decay. The American Dental Association (ADA) and the AAPD recognize that sealants can play an important role in the prevention of tooth decay. When properly applied and maintained, they can successfully protect the chewing surfaces of your child's teeth. A total prevention program includes regular visits to the dentist, the use of fluoride, daily brushing and flossing, and limiting the number of times sugar-rich foods are eaten. If these measures are followed and sealants are used on the child's teeth, the risk of decay can be reduced or may even be eliminated!