An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Sealants prevent tooth decay from happening in the grooves of new adult molars. Children’s 6 year molars and 12 year molars are vulnerable to decay when they first erupt into the mouth because children have a hard time reaching them. Decay happens when the bacteria in the mouth eat the sugar present and produce acid as a by-product. The acid softens the enamel and eventually produces a hole. Sealants prevent the decay process from happening in the grooves by making the grooves smooth and easier to keep clean. Call Dr. Nadine Hutchins at 970-242-7373 for more information or MouthHealthy.org.