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
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 or drilling.
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).