Brushing your teeth is important, but dental sealants may be the best way to prevent kids from getting cavities. School-age children without sealants have three times more cavities than children with sealants.
Dental sealants are a thin coating that is painted on teeth to protect them from cavities. Dr. Valeria Barba, a dentist in New Jersey, told Healthline that sealants are the “most conservative” noninvasive treatment in dentistry
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) report state that dental sealants prevent 80 percent of cavities for two years after application. These sealants can be retained in the mouth for up to nine years, according to the CDC. If applied right, they can last a lifetime.
Placement of pit-and fissure sealants significantly reduces the percentage of non-cavitated lesions (cavities that have not broken through the enamel layer) that progress in children, adolescents and young adults for as long as five years after placement, compared with unsealed teeth.
In addition to preventing cavities, sealants can ensure that the teeth stay intact. Once a tooth is drilled and filled, restored, or extracted, the natural structure is compromised. There is a lifetime cost associated with maintaining the restored tooth or implant.
“The main problem with sealants is the lack of awareness”
Dr. Valerie Barba