Getting a cavity filled is no fun, especially for a child. The majority of children’s cavities occur in the tiny groves of the back molars, where bacteria are often missed by a toothbrush. Good preventative dentistry often makes use of dental sealants to help stop cavities before they can start.
Facts About Dental Sealants
• Sealants are made of clear or shaded plastic and are applied to teeth.
• They dry hard, either on their own or with the help of a special light.
• Permanent molars are most in need of sealants as the saliva in your mouth, which cleans smooth surfaces of your teeth, often does not get to all of the grooves.
• Even primary (“baby”) teeth and premolars can benefit from sealants.
1. When should a child get sealants?
Since even primary teeth can benefit from sealants, once they have erupted completely, sealants can be put on. The first molars generally appear around age six. Some general dentists, however, choose only to use sealants on permanent teeth.
While brushing and flossing are still highly recommended as the number one way to prevent cavities, sealants are a useful tool as well. They have been shown to reduce cavities in molars by up to 80 percent. Preventative dentistry is always a good choice when it comes to the health of your mouth.
Call our general dentist in Hudson NC today to ask if dental sealants are right for you or your child.