Early prevention of cavities is extremely important. Tooth decay in baby teeth causes tooth decay in permanent teeth. Cavities in adults teeth lead to a lifetime of oral health problems.
Fortunately, cavities are preventable. Brushing, flossing and regular dental checkups are essential to keep your teeth and your child's teeth healthy. Dental sealants for your child provide additional protection against tooth decay.
Dental sealants are thin composite protective coatings that a dentist places on the chewing surfaces of your child's molars and premolars. They fill deep grooves which are difficult for children to clean properly.
These grooves are the place where harmful bacteria like to hide and cavities are the most common. The protective layer added by dental sealants helps prevent up to 80% of cavities.
The C.D.A. recommends dental sealants for children from 5 years of age. Your child may get sealants as soon as their first permanent molars erupt, between 5 and 7 years of age. In general, between 11 and 14 years old, they may have dental sealants applied to their second set of permanent molars. Sealants are also suitable for teens prone to cavities.