Dental sealants are often recommended for children as soon as their permanent molars erupt, but they can also be used for adults. Sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of these teeth and help protect the surfaces from bacteria and plaque. Our Santa Clara dentist can help you decide if sealants are right for you. According to the NIH, dental sealants are highly effective and offer one hundred percent protection in completely sealed pits and fissures.
The pits and fissures of the molars are one of the highest risk surfaces of the teeth when it comes to cavities. According to the National Dental Caries Prevalence Survey, eighty-four percent of cavities in kids who are between the ages of five and seventeen occur in the pits and fissures. Sealants cover the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars and prevent bacterial contamination and acid damage, which cause tooth decay and cavities. Once sealants are placed, they can last several years, and are easy to replace as needed.
Call our office today to learn more about how dental sealants can protect your child’s teeth against cavities, or to schedule an appointment with our expert in dental sealants in Santa Clara.