Looking to boost your child's chances of remaining cavity free? For dental health, the ADA and CDC recommend that children and teenagers are obvious candidates for sealants. Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of your child's premolars and molars and set with ultraviolet light.
Sealants cover the pits and fissures often present on the back teeth, preventing food and plaque from forming cavities. Sealants can immediately reduce cavities by up to 80% and up to 60% for four more years beyond, often protecting teeth for up to 10 years. Research shows that sealants actually prevent small amounts of decay found on the teeth before sealing from progressing into tooth decay once the sealant is added.
Sealants are typically applied to the premolars between the ages of 5–7 as soon as they erupt. Sealants are then reapplied once the child's permanent molars erupt. Sealing permanent teeth helps protect teeth through the most cavity-prone years, ages 6–14.
Adults can also benefit from sealants if they have permanent teeth with no decay or dental work. Sealants are checked at each cleaning and can be replaced if necessary. Most dental insurances cover the application of sealant in children. Check with your child's dentist and your insurance to see if your child's teeth are properly protected.
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