When to get dental sealants According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seventy percent of America’s children get tooth decay by the age of nineteen. Children tend to have less strong tooth enamel, thus being more sensitive to cavities.
In order to provide additional protection to the teeth and help prevent cavities – dental sealants were invented.
Dental sealant is a thin plastic coating placed on the chewing surface of the tooth. Mainly dental sealants are applied to the back of the chewing teeth. They can be painted during one visit and do not cause any discomfort. On the other hand, they are greatly beneficial, since they make it a lot easier to clean the teeth and help avoid tooth decay from five to seven years. Dental sealants have been widely recommended for school programs, since children are more prone to getting tooth cavities because of more sensitive enamel and less thorough tooth cleaning.
If combined with twice-daily tooth brushing and flossing, well balanced healthy diet and regular visits to the dentist office every six months, properly placed dental sealants are one hundred percent effective in preventing tooth decay.
That’s why it’s recommended to get dental sealants for kids as soon as they get their permanent teeth. Sealants are effective and cheap, and usually come as part of medical insurance plan.