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Sealants: Protect Your Pearly Whites

In addition to brushing and flossing twice a day, you can take extra steps to protect your children’s teeth. The molars (back) teeth are most susceptible to cavities for two reasons. First, there are more pits and fissures on the chewing surface of molars than the rest of the teeth. Second, the majority of chewing is done with your molars, increasing the chances of food and bacteria getting stuck and causing decay.

Sealants are a protective coating applied to the chewing surface of the posterior (back) teeth. The sealant material is placed in the tiny grooves where cavity-causing bacteria live. Toothbrush bristles are too large to reach into the grooves making sealant application one of the most important preventive treatments available.

The procedure is quick, and painless, and provides an extra defense against cavity causing bacteria, and acidic food and liquid that can break down enamel over time. There is no drilling, grinding, or removal of any part of the tooth structure. The procedure is painless and quick!

To protect your children’s molars, ADR Dental can apply sealants on the permanent molars when they usually erupt in the mouth, around 6 years old and 12 years old. Many parents might think sealants are only for big teeth, but baby teeth can benefit from sealants, too! Cavities can be common in little teeth, with six out of ten children experiencing a cavity by age five. According to the CDC, once applied, sealants protect against 80% of cavities for 2 years and continue to protect against 50% of cavities for up to 4 years.

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