Today, it is possible to raise a child without tooth decay. But to achieve this, parents must provide effective oral care and health practices from infancy.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are painted on the chewing surfaces of one or more teeth to avoid dental caries. They are more commonly applied to the back teeth; the molars and premolars where decay occurs most often.
Dental Sealant Know-Hows for Tip-Top Teeth
- Sealants work best if applied soon after these molars emerge, that means children between 5 and 15 years old would benefit most from sealants.
- These are usually applied twice – at age 6, when the first molars come in, and when the second molars erupt, around age 12.
- Single application of dental sealants has been found to be about 80-90% effective after one year and about 55-85% effective after 8-10 years, with only a small percentage becoming decayed.
- As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from cavities.
- Sealants normally hold up well may last several years before a reapplication is needed.
- Your dentist will check the condition of your child’s sealants and reapply them when necessary during regular appointments