5 Benefits of Sealing Your Child’s Molars and Premolars

Little Girl at the Dentist's Clinic

According to the Centers for Disease Control, school-age kids without dental sealants have nearly three times more cavities than children with sealants. Here are five reasons why having a Lafayette dentist seal molars is a simple and cost-effective way to protect your child’s teeth:

1. Early Application

Typically, kids should get dental sealants on their permanent premolars and molars as soon as these back teeth erupt. Children may also get sealants at a younger age if, for instance, their primary teeth have deep depressions and grooves. In these ways, sealants can protect your kid’s teeth through the risky, cavity-prone years of ages six to fourteen.

2. Sealing the Pits and Fissures on Teeth

Depressions and grooves on the surfaces of the back teeth help to grind food efficiently. However, food can get stuck in those deep hollows and depressions. Sealing your child’s molars will help smooth out pits and fissures to prevent food from getting stuck and causing decay.

3. Avoiding Dental Plaque Buildup

It’s difficult to remove all the food particles that attach to unsealed back teeth without the help of a dentist. Any missed food particles can facilitate the development and buildup of dental plaque on and between the surfaces of the teeth. Fortunately, sealing helps prevent this.

4. Prevent Oral Diseases

Dental plaque leads to problems such as gingivitis, periodontitis, the destruction of enamel, and the development of cavities. By sealing your child’s back teeth soon after they erupt, you can prevent these oral problems.

5. Improved Oral Health

It’s important to have your kid’s back teeth checked out soon after their eruption. If your dentist finds pits and fissures that increase your child’s risk for cavities, sealing is the best way to safeguard the child’s lifelong oral health.

Applying dental sealant is a simple, quick and painless process. While it will only take a few minutes for a dentist to apply the sealant to seal each of your child’s tooth, the sealant will help protect the teeth for up to 10 years.