Originally Posted by organicmidwestmama
my understanding of the sealant process is that an acidic solution is first brushed on the teeth to make the plastic adhere. i'm not a dentist, but it doesn't make sense to me to apply acid and possibly damage enamel in order to then apply a protective coating of plastic.
That's my concern as well actually. I do understand the the molars have a lot more pits in the surface making it easier for food to get stuck and decay to occur. Dd did have a cavity in a baby tooth but it was many, many years ago and all of her permanent teeth have been good so far.
However, I'm just not sure on the idea of damaging or removing the enamel to replace it with a sealant. I'm also not sure how much of tooth decay is hereditary and how much of it is due to dietary and cleaning habits, etc. Dh has terrible teeth, has had a few root canals, many fillings, caps, and all kinds of other problems. I have one or two tiny fillings from when I was a kid or teen, but otherwise my teeth have been totally fine. I do believe that I had sealants put on in my late teens, though. It's hard to know if the sealants helped, though, or if I just wasn't going to get many cavities.