Dental sealants are protective coatings placed on the chewing surfaces of your child’s newly erupted permanent molars. Here are 4 important reasons why they’re one of the best things you can do to protect their oral health.
Sealants for teeth prevent cavities from developing in small grooves on the surface of teeth
Yes, you can brush these areas, but did you know that even a single toothbrush bristle couldn’t
penetrate a normal groove and clean out acidic bacteria and food particles? By sealing it off, your child can clean their teeth efficiently and prevent cavities from targeting impossible-to- reach areas. Sealants have been proven to not only protect healthy teeth, but they can also stop decay from forming in the beginning states, which prevents future cavities.
They are one of the most effective, preventive dental procedures available for children
In addition to fluoride use, teeth sealants can tremendously reduce your child’s risk of developing cavities in very common areas. Many children develop cavities in these areas, and a sealant can counteract that. In fact, sealants have been proven to help prevent cavities in children by 70%.
They are inexpensive
Most insurance companies will cover dental sealants until your child has reached the age of 14.
However, if for some reason your insurance won’t cover it, the cost is usually less than the cost of a co-pay.
They are non-invasive
Having a tooth sealant placed is a very simple procedure that does not involve any injections or drilling. The tooth is simply conditioned and the sealant material brushed on, then cured with an ultraviolet light. The procedure is so comfortable that your child won’t even realize any difference in having a sealant placed or getting their teeth cleaned.
It only takes about 5 minutes per tooth to complete. They can be placed at a routine preventive care appointment or a separate short sealant appointment. The American Dental Association and Lolo Dental Clinic recommend placing sealants on your child’s first and second set of molars, which are permanent molars that erupt around the ages of 6 and 12.