Trap Food and Bacteria
common area for children to get decay (like most
adults) is on their permanent back teeth (molars). The molars have very deep
grooves and pits on the chewing surfaces. This is where food and bacteria
hide and form cavities. No matter how well your
child brushes, it is nearly impossible to remove all of the bacteria from
these grooves and pits.
Can Help Prevent Decay
are a white or tooth shaded material that is bonded to the chewing surfaces
of the back teeth, sealing off deep grooves and pits. This makes the grooves
of the teeth smoother so your toothbrush can more easily keep the tooth clean.
are Sealants applied?
sealants is a simple procedure. The teeth are first cleaned, then etched with
a solution to help the sealant adhere. Next, the sealant is brushed on, then
a special light is used to harden the material. The procedure is "child-friendly"
because there is no need for anesthetic or drilling.
should my Child have Sealants applied?
are recommended for all children when they get their permanent first molars
(around 6 years of age) and when they get their permanent second molars (around
12 years of age).