Molars Trap Food and Bacteria
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 pits.
Can Help Prevent Decay
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.
are Sealants applied?
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.
should my Child have Sealants applied?
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).