What are Sealants and who should get Sealants?
What are Sealants?
Dental sealant is a thin protective coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of the tooth. Even though brushing and flossing (come in for a lesson) can remove food particles and most of the plaque, it cannot always get into all the nooks and crannies. Toothbrush bristles are too wide to get to the bottom of the grooves of the back teeth. Sealants help to protect these areas from tooth decay and cavities by "sealing out" plaque and food.
Who Should Get Sealants?
Because of the likelihood of developing decay in the depressions and grooves of the premolars and molars, children and teenagers are candidates for sealants. Normally, children should get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in. And finally the best reason to have your child’s teeth sealed; sealants can protect the teeth through the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14. In those years your child will eat over 7,000 meals and who knows how many cookies. Are their teeth protected?