Does your child seem to have a sweet tooth? Having a hard time getting them to brush properly? Many parents will answer yes to one or both of these questions. In order to try and prevent cavities and larger issues from occurring, it is important to consider dental sealants as a preventive measure.
Dental sealants are made of a thin acrylic coating that is added to surfaces of a tooth to create a barrier between harmful bacteria and the enamel it wants to destroy. A popular location to get dental sealants is over the deep grooves of the back molars where food can easily get trapped.
Sealants have shown to reduce the risk of decay by 80%. The Center for Disease Control showed that children without dental sealants are about 3 times more likely to get a cavity. While it is never too late to get a dental sealant, the earlier, the better.
In certain conditions, a sealant can also be used as a way to halt decay in its early stage before it can damage the tooth further. The clear sealant gives your dentist a window to make sure that the decay does not progress further.
A child’s primary teeth are great for protecting with sealants. Ensuring the teeth stay healthy until they are ready to fall out naturally is crucial. A very smart investment is to get dental sealants on your child’s adult teeth as soon as they are in place. Early preventive dental care measures can make a huge difference!