The best way to prevent cavities is to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Even with proper daily cleaning, it is easy to miss food particles and bacteria; especially on those back molars, which we use to chew. These hard to reach teeth are rough and uneven, providing a perfect place for cavity-causing bacteria to hide.
Fortunately, there is another safeguard available to help prevent cavities from forming. Sealants are made from dental materials such as plastic and provide a thin, protective coating over the chewing surface of your back teeth. While sealants are not a replacement for brushing and flossing, when used in conjunction with proper dental hygiene, they can help stop early decay from becoming a cavity.
Sealants have proven to lower the risk of tooth decay of the molars by nearly 80%. Protecting these teeth is vitally important to your child’s oral health. According to a 2016 report released by the Centers for Disease Control, only 43% of children ages 6-11 have their teeth sealed. The CDC stresses the importance of these sealants in their report, stating that school-age children are at almost three times the risk of cavities without sealants in comparison to those with sealants.