What Are Dental Sealants?
There is no substitute for brushing and flossing, but dental sealants are an in-office procedure that is a great way of reducing cavities for adults and children, think of Sealants as helmet over your teeth. It prevents the bacteria that cause decay from getting to your teeth. Especially for children, as they can protect 1st molars that start to come in around age 6 and the 2nd molars around age 12. The earlier you get sealants the less chance of cavities not developing. Sealing these teeth as soon as they come in is a great start on being cavity-free, which is a great investment especially in those early years where oral hygiene can be a challenge.
The Dental Sealant Procedure
Getting sealants is a quick and painless process. Once you get your teeth cleaned, your dentist or dental hygienist applies the clear sealant material over your teeth, allows the material to dry, and adhere the sealant to your tooth’s surface with the use of a special light that hardens the sealant material.
Why Are Dental Sealants Important for My Child’s Dental Health?
It has been shown that sealants reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% on molar teeth. Studies by the CDC, Centers for Disease Control, shows “school-age children without sealants have more than 3 times more cavities than children with sealants”.