Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored or clear acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves acting as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach. Easy to apply, sealants take only a few minutes to place on each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed. The majority of all sealants are done on kids within the first year that the tooth erupts in the mouth.