A sealant is a tooth-colored or clear material that our dentists will apply to the decay-prone back teeth. By creating a barrier or shield over the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, sealants can help block out the food and germs that cause decay and create a smooth surface that is easier to keep clean and healthy. Sealants are an effective preventive treatment, but should be replaced once every 10 years for best results. For more information on preventive dentistry or sealants, please call Las Cruces Dental Associates to schedule your appointment soon.