Regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups are the best ways to keep teeth healthy and help prevent cavities, but even then, sometimes there are areas that are challenging to keep clean. Your back teeth (molars) have grooves and pits that are a trap for cavity-causing bacteria.
In order to keep these teeth clean and healthy, we recommend sealants, a thin, protective coating made from plastic or other dental materials that is painted over the chewing surface. They create a smoother surface, which is easier to to keep clean and free of bacteria and decay. Sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80 percent in molars.
According to an October 2016 report from the CDC, "school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants."
We recommend sealants on children’s teeth as soon as their permanent molars erupt.
The application of sealants is a fast and painless process. We will clean and dry the tooth and then paint on acidic gel, making it easier for the sealant to bond. . After a few seconds, the gel will be rinsed and the tooth dried, followed by the painting on of the sealant. We will then use a special light to harden the sealant.
If your child has permanent molars, make an appointment today to protect them from bacteria and cavities. Call us at (516) 366-1486.