Dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-coloured acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth, acting as a barrier that protects the tooth enamel from plaque and acids. Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of the chewing teeth, sealants can benefit adults and especially children. Most tooth decay occurs in children as childhood is the age of “bombing” the mouth with sweets, sugars and soft drinks, which are mostly responsible for the decay of teeth. Other than that, younger children fail to brush their teeth properly, something that primarily affects the first molars, which come into the mouth when a child is about six years old. Sealants can last for many years and they act as protective shields against germs and food particles. During your regular dental appointments, your dentist will check the sealants, reapplying them if they are no longer in place.