If your child gets a cavity, it’s likely on the chewing surface on the back tooth. This type of cavity, known as pit and fissure decay, can be prevented in kids and even adults with the placement of dental sealants. Continue reading to learn more about dental sealants and how the can protect your child’s teeth.
How Sealants Prevent Decay
There are grooves on children’s back teeth to help them chew and grind food, but they can also trap food and debris. Since the depressions are difficult to clean, they are often the spots for decay to start. With sealants, a dentist will apply a thin plastic material to the chewing surfaces of molars, which allows enamel to become protected from bacteria. Sealants can last a long time- up to ten years according to the National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research. If your child’s dentist notices worn areas in the sealants, they can easily be repaired by adding more material.
When To Seal Teeth
Dentists often recommend sealing baby molars since these teeth play the crucial role of holding space for permanent teeth to grow. All baby or permanent teeth with deep pits are at risk for decay, and are candidates for a dental sealant. By taking preventative maintenance and keeping these teeth cavity-free, your kids will have a much lower chance of losing them early.
The first permanent molars grow in when kids are around six years old, and it is suggested to seal molars as soon as they come in. The next teeth that may need a dental sealant are the second molars, which usually erupt between 11 and 13 years old. Talk to your child’s dentist about their premolars, since they may need sealant if they have deep grooves.
In addition to using dental sealants to protect your kid’s teeth from decay, there are other preventative care basics to enforce. All parents know how important brushing with fluoride toothpaste is, and it strengthens kids’ teeth to keep them healthy and strong. Other basic tips for preventing decay include limiting sugary foods, visiting the dentist regularly, and scheduling professional cleaning to prevent gum disease.
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