Sealants are one of the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay. As soon as adult molars emerge from the gums is the best time to apply sealants. Sealants are applied with no numbing necessary. The thin coating on the biting surface keeps food and bacteria out of the pits and grooves of the tooth. Protecting the molars early is important because the tooth has not had time to develop a fluoride rich enamel from the drinking water and toothpaste. Brushing twice a day and flossing, going to the dentist for regular check-ups, and reducing the amount of sugar consumed in addition to sealants will help prevent cavities. Call Dr. Nadine Hutchins at 970-242-7373 to get an appointment.