Dental sealants are professionally applied material put on the surface of the teeth in order to prevent decay caused by bacteria. Sealants are usually placed on the surface of the back teeth or molars because these are the ones that suffer the most damage. Dental sealants can effectively separate bacteria from the enamel off the back teeth thus preventing the interaction of bacteria with the fissures on the surface of the teeth.
It is recommended that children as well as teenagers use dental sealants in order to prevent tooth decay. There are two stages in which dental sealants become crucial in order to prevent tooth decay caused by bacteria which interacts with enamel. When your child is around age 6 the first set of permanent molars start to erupt. When this happens it is necessary to apply a sealant to prevent caries from damaging the tooth. When children at are at age 12, the same process has to be repeated in order to protect the second set of permanent molars that normally erupt at this age.
Glendora Dental Sealants
Even though dental sealants are a great way to prevent caries and damage to permanent teeth they are not a substitute for fluoride. Fluoride contains all the minerals and substances necessary to strengthen your teeth and restore the life of your teeth’s enamel. Sealants are just able to protect the condition of the teeth and are not able to enrich and strengthen them therefore these are not substitute products but complements.
To learn more on the benefits of dental sealants to children, call Glendora dentist Dr. Desai at (626) 914-0500.