The Application of Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are provided for a child when parents take their kids along for visiting a pediatric dentist. The dentist may recommend dental sealants that are thin, plastic-like coatings applied on the biting surfaces of a child’s newly-erupted permanent back teeth. It provides the needed protection in advance during the cavity-prone years. The main objective of dental sealants is to cover the pits, fissures, and grooves that are present in the back teeth, which are hard to reach otherwise. With sealants applied, the food particles and bacteria cannot accumulate in those vulnerable areas. It can also help prevent tooth decay in its initial stages from further damage.
Dental sealants are known to minimize the risk of cavities in school-age children by almost 80%. However, children without dental sealants are three times more prone to cavities than those with applied sealants.
A healthy smile is necessary for your child’s comfort, self-image, function, and overall well-being. In addition, proper oral hygiene at a young age provides them with a stronger foundation for maintaining good oral health for their lifetime.