What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are a preventive treatment designed to protect your child’s teeth, especially the chewing surface of back teeth, from cavities and tooth decay. Sealants are made of clear or tooth-colored resin material.
How do Sealants Work?
The application is quick and comfortable. The sealant is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth, where it forms a smooth coating over the tooth, including the natural pits and grooves of the tooth surface. This coating shields the tooth from decay-causing bacteria, plaque and food debris to keep it strong and healthy.
Who Benefits and Why?
Nine in 10 cavities in children occur in the back teeth. This is why sealants are recommended when your child’s permanent molars come in, usually between the ages of 6 and 12. According to the CDC, sealants prevent 80% of cavities in back teeth. Sealants are especially useful if your child is prone to developing cavities.
Sealants can be a powerful tool in preventing decay and keeping your child’s smile healthy. We invite you to learn more about dental sealants and how our team can keep your child’s smile in good health. Please contact the office today to schedule an appointment.