Dental sealants can be very effective at preventing cavities in children. Typically applied to the back teeth (molars and premolars), sealants are a thin plastic coating that is painted on the chewing (occlusal) surface of the tooth. The sealant material provides a protective seal over the enamel of the tooth by bonding with the grooves and depressions of the teeth. Sealants alone, however, are not enough to prevent tooth decay or gum disease. Brushing twice a day, flossing, and visiting the dentist twice a year are just as important, especially to make sure the sealant is still intact. When taken care of properly, sealants can last several years.
Most insurance plans offer coverage toward sealants for children so it can be an affordable and quick way to help prevent tooth decay. If your child doesn’t have sealants yet, ask your Dentist if they are a candidate. Click for more information from the American Dental Association.