The chewing surfaces of permanent molars have pits and grooves that can trap plaque and bits of food. Even a toothbrush bristle is too big to reach inside these tiny grooves. But we’re lucky to have a protective solution: dental sealants.
A dental sealant is a plastic material that is put on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant material flows into the pits and grooves on those surfaces and acts like a barrier, protecting enamel by “sealing out” bacteria and food particles. While sealants are not a replacement for good brushing and flossing, they can help prevent cavities on the chewing surfaces of molars by up to 80%.
Sealing a tooth is fast and painless, and the sealant can last several years before they need to be reapplied. Ask your dentist if sealants will help your child.
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Dr. Erin Estep is a board-certified pediatric dentist who owns Treehouse Kids Dentist in Springfield. She and her staff are committed to making sure your child has an amazing, safe, memorable dental experience.