You might think that cavities are inevitable for kids, but in truth they’re not. A healthy diet mixed with good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) plus regular dental visits can prevent tooth decay! Dental sealants can reduce the risk even more. In fact studies show that sealants can reduce decay in school children by 70%
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the gooves on the back teeth, where tooth decay is usually a problem for kids and teens. Sealants act as a barrier between the chewing surfaces by blocking pieces of food or germs.
Sealants work best on permanent molars, which usually erupt at age 6 and 12. It is best to have sealants applied soon after the permanent molars erupt so that decay doesn’t have a chance to develop.
Because they are so thin, dental sealants won’t have an effect on your child speech or make chewing difficult. Sealants can be clear, white or slightly tinted; either way they’re virtually invisable to the naked eye.
Though they don’t take much time to apply, sealants can last 5-10 years. Dental sealants are some of the most comfortable, cost and tooth-saving solutions around!