Dental Sealants Prevent Cavities
A dental sealant is a thin, protective coating painted onto the chewing surface of the posterior teeth (premolars and molars). Sealants can keep cavities from forming and may even stop early stages of decay from becoming a cavity. While brushing and flossing is still the best defense against tooth decay, dental sealants will certainly help, too!
Sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars. This is especially important when it comes to your child’s dental health. In October 2016, the Centers for Disease Control released a report on the importance of sealants for school-aged children, of which only 43% of children ages 6-11 have. According to the CDC, “school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.”