Sealants are an effective way to prevent tooth decay by creating a thin barrier over the grooves and fissures in teeth that are prone to collecting food and plaque. However, it’s important to note that sealants only cover the biting surface of teeth and not the sides or areas between teeth. Thus, maintaining good oral hygiene practices and a healthy diet are still necessary for preventing decay in these areas. To ensure the longevity of sealants, parents should advise their children to avoid hard candy and ice that could potentially crack or damage the sealant. Additionally, regular dental check-ups are recommended to assess the condition of the sealants. The American Dental Association recognizes the importance of sealants as a part of a comprehensive cavity prevention program, which also includes the use of fluoride, daily brushing and flossing, and limiting sugary foods. By following these practices, decay can be significantly reduced or eliminated.