Our pediatric dentists recommend sealants frequently. And there’s good reason for it. Studies show they could prevent 80% of future cavities in children.
What is a sealant? A sealant is a liquid that is brushed over a tooth that hardens and creates a protective barrier between bacteria and the tooth’s enamel.
Why does a tooth need a sealant? Sealants are applied specifically to molars. Molars have a relatively flat top surface that contain peaks and valleys. Molars erupt in a child’s mouth when their skills and desire to keep these lifelong teeth are low. While sealants fill fade away over a few years, they offer protection from decay (and therefore cavities) until a child is old enough to properly care for their teeth.
Recently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) supported the use of sealants in children age 6 – 11. Their research reinforced the 80% cavity prevention rate with sealant usage, as well as stated that 60% of children do not get them. Read the full Fox Business news story here.
If you have questions regarding sealants for your child, please contact us!