We recommend sealants on permanent molar teeth. These teeth develop with deep grooves that are susceptible to cavities. Sealants bond to the enamel and protect these grooves from cavities. Placing dental sealants is non-invasive and no anesthetic is needed. It is best to place a sealant as soon as possible after the tooth erupts, but they can be placed anytime if no decay is present. The first set of molars erupt around age six and the second set of molars erupts around age twelve. Dental sealants typically last 5-10 years depending on hygiene habits. Sealants are a great preventative measure to protect teeth through a child’s adolescence when brushing habits are developing.