Molars Trap Food and Bacteria
The most 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.
Sealants Can Help Prevent Decay
Sealants 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.
How are Sealants applied?
Applying 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
When should my Child have Sealants applied?
Sealants 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).
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