Dental sealants are a coating put on the grooves of your child’s back teeth in order to protect them.
The first adult molars in a child’s mouth come out around 6 years of age and come with very deep grooves built-in. Food often gets trapped in those grooves and a toothbrush’s bristles are unable to wash those food debris out of the grooves. Meaning that regardless of how well your child brushes their teeth, you might not be able to prevent cavities within those grooves.
One major way to prevent cavities in those permanent molars is to coat them with a sealant as soon as possible. Sealants are a simple and painless procedure that can be completed in a few minutes. Those few minutes can save you and your child from a long list of expensive dental treatments in the future.
Preventing cavities is always better than treating them. If you have any questions about your child’s dental health or want to know if your child might be ready for dental sealants, call our office today at (610) 489-5555.